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Thank you for your continued support and participation with the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Without you, the parade wouldn’t exist. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2019 and have some news to share with you!

The parade will be on March 10, 2019, not on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th.

We have a new post office box:

St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association
PO Box 36629
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Congratulations to the new officers of the St Patrick’s Day Observance Association:

St. Patrick's Day Observance Assn. Board of Directors 2018-2019

Chaplain: Fr. Kevin J. Gallagher
Chaplain: Sister James Anne Feerick I.H.M.
President:   John A. Stevenson 
1st Vice President: Joseph M. Fox  
2nd Vice President: Mary Beth Ryan
Parade Director: Michael J. Bradley, Jr.    
Treasurer: Harry J. Marnie 
Recording Secretary: Hon, James Murray Lynn

Corresponding Secretary: Karen Boyce McCollum 


        Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Grand Marshal and Theme Nominations

By Individuals or Marching Groups


Grand Marshal Nominations - We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and suggestions for the theme for the 2019 parade. The Grand Marshal will be honored at many events leading up to the parade and shall lead the Parade on parade day. The Grand Marshal will be someone who exemplifies good citizenship, who brings credit to the Irish tradition and embodies the spirit and purpose of the SPDOA organization. Nominations should include biographical information about the nominee, support as to why the nominee should be considered for the role of Grand Marshal, as well as appropriate contact information. 

The Grand Marshal Nomination process will follow the same format this year.   Last year we received some nominations for people with only their name with no background information.   It is impossible to evaluate all the good candidates without sufficient biographical information.   Nominations with just a name or little background info will not be considered.

We are also accepting suggestions for themes for the 2019 parade. The theme should be focused on St. Patrick and must be succinct enough to fit on floats, banners, and posters. 

In order to be considered, you will have to submit the entry through emails or regular mail.  Our nominating committee will then submit the information to our board for review.

The nomination must have information about the person submitting the nomination including name, address, phone and email address.   We need a background biography or resume sheet on the qualifications of why the person should be Grand Marshal. Nominations will be accepted from the general public starting October 16 and will end at 5:00 PM October 30.   

Nominations for Grand Marshal and/or theme suggestions can be sent via email or postal mail starting today, October 16 through October 30, 2018 at 5pm. Both can be sent to: or St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, PO Box 36629, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 


Thank you everyone for your support! 


Theme Nominations - Remember, it has to fit on a banner, and groups try to plan their groups, floats, and dance routines relating to the Theme.  In order to be considered, you will have to submit the entry through emails or regular mail.  Our nominating committee will then submit the information to our board for review.   Nominations will be accepted from the general public also starting October 16 and end at 5:00 PM October 30.

Please send both the Theme and/or Grand Marshal Nomination to or

St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, PO Box 36629, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Both the Grand Marshal and Theme will be voted on at our November Board meeting.

Thank you.

Michael Bradley
Parade Director

Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Observance Association Proudly Announces Congratulations to  
2018 Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade Award Winners 

Hon. James H.J. Tate Award
(Founded 1980, this was named the Enright Award Prior to 1986)
Sponsored by: Mike Driscoll 
Outstanding Organization that Exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade
Bradley Family & Friends

Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Fraternal Organization
Sponsored by: AOH Division 39 Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley
IBEW Local 98

George Costello Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Float in the Parade
Sponsored by: The Irish Society
Cavan Society

Hon. Vincent A. Carroll Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Musical Band:
Sponsored by: John Dougherty
Newark Charter High School Band

Anthony J. Ryan Award (Founded 1990)
Outstanding Elementary School Band
Sponsored by: The Ryan Family
St Aloysius School

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

Marie C. Burns Award
(Founded 2003)
Outstanding Adult Ceili Dance Group
Sponsored by: Philadelphia Emerald Society
Temple University Irish Dance Team

Joseph E. Montgomery Award
(Founded 2006)
Outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions
Sponsored by: AOH Div. 65 Joseph E. Montgomery
AOH / LAOH Division 17

Joseph J. "Banjo" McCoy Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Fraternal Organization
Sponsored by: Sandy Muller. Muller Beverage
Second Street Irish Society

James F. Cawley Parade Director's Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Irish Performance Chosen by the Parade Director
Sponsored by: AOH Division 87 Port Richmond
Coyle School of Irish Dance

Father Kevin C. Trautner Award (Founded 2008)
Outstanding Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage.
Sponsored by: Kathy McGee Burns
Sisters of Mercy

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: Michael Bradley
Donegal Association

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
Irish Immigration Center

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

Philip 'Knute' Bonner Award (Founded 2013)
Outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom.
Sponsored by: Mary Beth Bonner Ryan
United States Navy Band Northeast

Joseph J. Bradley Award (Founded 2017)
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance Sponsored By: Michael & Linda Bradley
Riley Irish Dance 

 All Information is on our website at

Michael Bradley

Parade Director

We are ready for St Patrick's Month !



Our 2019 Parade Theme is: 

Congratulations to the 2019 Grand Marshal: 


Rule 1:


Rule 2:

If we have confused you, see Rule 1

Michael Bradley
Parade Director


Michael J. Bradley Jr.

Parade Director,
Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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 40744
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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