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2024  Award Winners 

Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Observance Association Proudly Announces Congratulations to 
Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade Award Winners

Hon. James H.J. Tate 
(Founded in 1980)
Outstanding Organization that Exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade 
Sponsored by: Mike Driscoll
Joseph Fleming Memorial Brigade

Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award
 (Founded 1979
Outstanding Fraternal Organization 
Sponsored by: AOH Division 39 Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

George Costello Award (Founded 1979) 
Outstanding Float in the Parade
Sponsored by: The Irish Society
Cavan Society of Philadelphia

Hon. Vincent A. Carroll Award (Founded 1979)
Outstanding Musical Band:
Sponsored by: 
St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board
Hargrave Military Academy Band

Anthony J. Ryan Award (Founded 1990)
Outstanding Grade School Band
Sponsored by: The Ryan Family
New York Naval Cadets Corp

Walter Garvin Award (Founded 1993)
Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group
Sponsored by: Walter Garvin Jr.
Timoney School of Irish Dancing

Marie C. Burns Award (Founded 2003)
Outstanding Adult Dance Group
Sponsored by: Philadelphia Emerald Society
Crossroads School of Irish Dancing

Joseph E. Montgomery Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions
Sponsored by: AOH Div. 65 Joseph E. Montgomery

Joseph J. "Banjo" McCoy Award
 (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Fraternal Organization
Sponsored by: Sandy Muller & Muller Beverage
Donegal Association of Philadelphia

James F. Cawley Parade Director's Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Irish Performance Chosen by the Parade Director
Sponsored by: AOH Division 87 Port Richmond
Philadelphia Fire Department

Father Kevin C. Trautner Award (Founded 2008)
Outstanding Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage.
Sponsored by: Father Kevin Gallagher
West Catholic Alumni Association

Maureen McDade McGrory Award (Founded 2008)
Outstanding Children's Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture Through Traditional Dance.
Sponsored by: McDade School of Irish Dance
McDade-Cara Championship Irish Dancers

James P. “Jim” Kilgallen Award (Founded 2011)
Outstanding Organization Involving Charitable Endeavors.
Sponsored by: 
St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board
Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus

Mary Theresa Dougherty Award (Founded 2012)
Outstanding Organization Dedicated to Serving the Needs of God's People.
Sponsored by: St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board
The Friendly Sons and Daughters of Saint Patrick

Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award (Founded 2012)
Outstanding Parade Marshal.
Sponsored by: Robert M. Gessler
Matt McDonald

Philip 'Knute' Bonner Award (Founded 2013)
Outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom.
Sponsored by: Mary Beth Bonner Ryan
Irish Diaspora Center

Joseph J. Bradley Award 
(Founded 2017) 
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance.
Sponsored By: Michael, Linda Mickey & Colin Bradley
Rince Ri School of Irish Dance

Thomas C. Finnegan Award (Founded 2019)
ost spirited group of parade spectators showing pride of heritage .
Sponsored By: The Boyce Family
The Smith / O'Halloran / Lorman / Reilly Families from Mayfair

Colin P. Bradley
Parade Director   



Join us for our Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade Awards Presentation where we honor the award winners of the parade, and announce our winner for the Trip for 2 to Ireland Tickets!

 Parade Awards Presentation

Thursday, April 18, 2024

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philadelphia Irish Center
6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA 19119

Music by: Paul Moore & Patrick Close 

Food & Cash Bar

Price is $40.00 kids 17& Under $15.00

All are welcome.

Award Winners get 2 free tickets, please RSVP 

 To reserve tables before April 10th you must contact:

Mary Beth Bonner Ryan


Venmo @PhillyParade 

Name and Awards in memo line 

Mail checks to 


PO Box 323 

Media PA 19063

                       Thank you !!!                           


All Information is on our website at

Homeland Security has requested ALL VEHICLES IN PARADE MUST ENTER AT SCHUYKILL AVE ( 30TH  St. TRAIN STATION) & JFK BLVD) FOR SECURITY SWEEP AT 20TH AND JFK.  All driver and vehicle information must be updated on your website application by Noon March 1.  Quite simple, if they do not have the information they require, the vehicle will not be in the parade.   Take a piece of paper and write your group number on it as large as you can, so the police and marshals can see you group number and move you along quickly.

VOTE FOR "XYZ" signs are NOT permitted.  There are NO political or Country cause or movements signs allowed no matter who the organization or groups are. 

The 2025 Parade will be held on Sunday March 16, 

The parade will begin promptly at 11:00 AM at 16th & JFK.    

St. Patrick’s Day Observance Assoc.
P.O. Box 323
Media, PA  19063


Sunday March 16, 2025

The Parade Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez and Chaplain Father Kevin Gallagher, procession led by Joe Tobin and the Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe band, Bishop Shanahan High School Choir & Cantor Karen Boyce McCollum will be held at 9:00 AM at St. Patrick's Church, 20th and Locusts Streets Philadelphia.

The Parade starts at 11:00 AM at 16th & JFK and ends at 5th & Market St.

TV is CBS Philadelphia affiliate Philly 57 and starts Noon to 3:00 PM.

It will be rebroadcast on Monday March 17th on Philly 57 from Noon to 3:00 PM.

Our theme for the 2025 parade is


The Grand Marshal 

  the 2025 Parade


2025 St. Patrick's Ring of Honor


We are looking forward to celebrating our 2025 Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade with all of you!

 Colin P. Bradley
Parade Director

Please visit our website and our Facebook Page, Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade for final details!


Thank you to the Philadelphia Police Department and their families. You are in our prayers!

Want to show your support? Become a sponsor of the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade. There are a variety of sponsorship levels available. Contact The St. Patrick's Day Observance Association for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Observance Association
P.O. Box 323
Media, PA 19063

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