Annual Syracuse St Patrick’s Day Parade
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! (All the blessings of Patrick!)
Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade will step off in Clinton Square at noon March 11 and follow its traditional route south along Nancy Duffy Lane (otherwise known as Salina Street). The parade typically lasts about three hours and features bands, Irish dancers and hundreds of marchers and floats representing community organizations and businesses.
The Syracuse St Patrick’s Parade was founded by Nancy Duffy. It all began with a meeting at Coleman’s Pub and Nancy’s strong desire to bring her Irish heritage and culture to the streets of Syracuse. The Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade is run entirely by volunteers. Practically the day after a Parade, we start planning for the next. It takes months of preparation and countless hours.
The Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade began in 1982, founded by an amazing woman, Nancy Duffy, and a small group of her friends including Sheila Shattuck, Rev. John Ahern, and the late Tom Higgins. Thirty-three years later, the Parade is stronger than ever—a grand tribute to the Irish of Central New York.We are so proud that our Parade has been named one of the Top Ten Parades in the United States.
In 2005, we began the St. Patrick Hunger Project. The goal of the Hunger Project is to make sure no one in Central New York ever goes hungry. The need for nutritious food is now affecting our middle-class neighbors who may have become unemployed and our senior citizens on fixed incomes. It is our very own friends and neighbors who are suffering – probably in silence. The Hunger Project depends on what we deem the most generous people in the nation, right here in Central New York, to help up with this effort.