Bleeding green: Despite spotty forecast, Philly’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade had plenty of Irish pride

Proof that it’s never too early to kick off Saint Patrick’s Day festivities – which is officially on March 17 – Philly brought Irish pride to the streets on March 10.

Winding its way through Center City, Old City and ending at Penn’s Landing, the nearly five-hour parade ended around 3 p.m. The second oldest parade of its kind, Philly’s Saint Paddy’s Day Parade celebrated its 249th anniversary, again with bagpipes, kilts, music and plenty of Irish-styled dancing. Despite the early date, and a spotty forecast, parade-goers and participants were not deterred from getting into the full holiday spirit.

Floats and participants embodied both the traditional and contemporary Irish culture. A number of unions also were represented in the festivities, which included some support for prominent Philadelphia labor leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, currently under indictment for pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds.

As chosen by The Philadelphia Saint Patrick’s Day Observance Association, the winners of the day were:

Hon. James H.J. Tate Award

Outstanding Organization that Exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia/Neumann University

Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award

Outstanding Fraternal Organization

Joseph Fleming Memorial Brigade

George Costello Award

Outstanding Float in the Parade

Cavan Society

Hon. Vincent A. Carroll Award

Outstanding Musical Band

Port Chester NY High School Band

Walter Garvin Award

Outstanding Children’s Irish Dance Group

Rince Ri School of Irish Dance

Marie C. Burns Award

Outstanding Adult Ceili Dance Group

Crossroads School of Irish Dance

Joseph E. Montgomery Award

Outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions

AOH Division 65 Joseph E. Montgomery

Joseph J. “Banjo” McCoy Award

Outstanding Fraternal Organization

St. Gabriel’s Irish Society

James F. Cawley Parade Director’s Award

Outstanding Irish Performance Chosen by the Parade Director

Second Street Irish Society

Father Kevin C. Trautner Award

Outstanding Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage

St. Katherine Siena Northeast Philadelphia

Maureen McDade McGrory Award

Outstanding Children’s Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture Through Traditional Dance.

Cummins School of Irish Dance

James P. “Jim” Kilgallen Award

Outstanding Organization Involving Charitable Endeavors

AOH / LAOH Division 87

Mary Theresa Dougherty Award

Outstanding Organization Dedicated to Serving the Needs of God’s People

AOH Division 1 Dennis Kelly

Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award

Outstanding Parade Marshal

Ernie Diver

Philip ‘Knute’ Bonner Award

Outstanding organization dedicated to preserving our freedom

Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes and Drums Band

Joseph J. Bradley Award

Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance

McDade / Cara Championship Irish Dancers 

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