Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 12 noon
34th Annual Syracuse St Patrick’s Day Parade
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! (All the blessings of Patrick!)
Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, whose office has provided continuing support for the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade since she took office in 2010, will serve as grand marshal of the 35th annual parade March 11.
The honor for Miner was announced, along with other parade news, Wednesday Jan. 18, during a news conference at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant.
The 2017 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.
“Through her leadership, Mayor Miner has graciously helped us make this wonderful event possible,” said parade President Janet Higgins. “We couldn’t do it without the help of myriad city employees, including the police, DPW and the parks department. We are tremendously grateful for the city’s enthusiastic support of this community celebration, and no one embodies that cooperative spirit more than Mayor Miner.”
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.