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Northern Westchester Putnam St Patricks Day Parade

Written on February 5, 2016

Northern Westchester Putnam St Patricks Day Parade


Route 6
Known this day as “PCSBbank Boulevard”
Mahopac, New York

Step Off Time: 2:00 PM
Come join us before the Parade as we
Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, in place at each Staging Area
at 1:45 PM


Patrick J. O’Malley
Parade Chairman

2017 Northern Westchester Putnam St Patricks Day Parade

The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick are proud to present the name of Fr. Joseph P. Tierney as our candidate for Grand Marshal of the Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Mahopac, New York.

Fr. Tierney was born in Staten Island as the sixth child in a family of seven, to James and Doris Tierney. He graduated from St. Sylvester’s Grammar School (1974), St. Peters Boys High School (1978) and St. Peters College (BA1982)

He entered Saint Joseph’s Seminary in September 1982 and was ordained a Priest in November 1986. His first priestly assignment was St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac where he served as a parish Priest for six years.

He was given the responsibility of moderating the Youth Group for the parish of over 4500 families.

The young people of the parish gathered at Sunday evening Mass each week and afterword to work together on activities and events that served the parish, the community and other teens. Events included visiting nursing homes, retreats for teens, summer Bible camps and sponsorship for needy children, to name a few. In addition, he was involved with social gatherings for fundraising including the March Church dance. All in all, he admits his first years as a priest are full of good memories of serving the Parish of St. John the Evangelist.

Father Tierney was appointed President of Cardinal Hayes in June 2005, a position he still holds. He acknowledges it to be an honor to lead such a legendary institution as Cardinal Hayes High School.

It is with great pleasure that we submit the name of Fr. Joseph P. Tierney for Grand Marshall for 2017.

Welcome to the Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Our parade is the third largest in New York state and takes place on Route 6 in Mahopac, New York. This year marks our 41st consecutive year. This parade is meant to recognize and celebrate Irish culture, heritage and pride, for those who have emigrated here from the Emerald Isle, the Irish-American community, as well as those who are Irish in spirit! We have numerous organizations, bands, clubs, patriotic groups, Irish dancers and a vast array of participants showing their support of the Irish community.

On this website you will find information regarding our Grand Marshals – past and present – as well as information about participating in the parade, our Parade Committee, our sponsoring organizations and our friends and supporters. If your organization would like to participate in the parade or would like to join our sponsors & friends, please contact us either through those sections of the site or through our contact information listed below.

…and don’t forget to put on your green and come join us this year for a wonderful day!


There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .

The beating  heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.