By Adal Hussain, Chief Editor, March 17th 2023
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The parade is held annually on March 17th at precisely 11:00 AM in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York.
The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade which draws about 2 million spectators.
From its earliest days, right up to the present, the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade™ has been run entirely by volunteers, many of whom come from generations of families dedicated to the organization of the parade.
It takes months of preparation and countless hours to run the world’s oldest and largest parade. We could not do it without the commitment of these great women and men.
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s greatest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.
The first NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade was comprised of a band of homesick, Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride but was banned in Ireland. It was a wonderful parade like always, Grand Marshall this year was Kevin J. Conway:
Kevin J.Conway : is the Vice Chairman of Clayton, Dublilier & Rice, a global private equity firm known for blending investment skills with operating capabilities to build great businesses. He joined CD&R in 1994 and served as Managing Partner from 2004 to 2016, as well as a member of the Management Committee. Conway is the Chairman of the Investment Committee at CD&R, a position he has held for over twenty years, during which time CD&R has invested approximately $50 billion to acquire over 75 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $200 billion.
The Firm’s current portfolio employs more than 600,000 people and generates annual revenues of approximately $100 billion. In his 28 years at the firm, Conway has helped build a leading global private equity firm, been active in many of the firm’s organizational initiatives, and worked closely with the chief executive officer on all aspects of CD&R’s operations.
Close to 2 Million were in attendance on 5th Ave of New York City seeing the parade go by.
Other dignitaries that marched in the parade included: Lieutenant Governor Delgado of New York State, Attorney General State of New York Letitia James, New York City Council Speaker, Adrienne Adams. Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Former Council member Daniel Dromm and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, Curtis Sliwa, Guradian Angels Founder and New York City Mayor Candidate and many more political leaders