Parades and Events

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown • Bridgeport, CT • Fairfield Country

In November 1982, at the request of then-Mayor Leonard Paoletta, City Clerk Catherine Brannelly gathered a small group of people representing the local Irish community to discuss an idea that became reality on March 17, 1983-the First Annual Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The original parade was small by comparison to later efforts; but nonetheless a proud display of Irish spirit, led by our first Grand Marshal, Martin Reidy, a respected member of the Irish- American community of Greater Bridgeport ... [ more ]

Greater Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Danbury • Danbury, CT • Fairfield County

Founded in 1999, this parade usually takes place the Sunday after St. Patrick's Day. It is sponsored by the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center ... [ more ]

Fairfield County Irish Festival
1073 North Benson Road • Fairfield, CT • Fairfield County

The first annual Fairfield County Irish Festival was held in 1988 at Roger Ludlowe Field in Fairfield. In addition to an enthusiastic sharing of all things Irish, its stated goal was to raise funds to benefit the Gaelic-American Club Building Fund. Dreams were for this building to come alive as a social and cultural center to celebrate Irish music, dancing, drama, history and art. In reality, the origins for the festival actually began forty years earlier when ... [ more ]

Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Greenwich • Greenwich, CT • Fairfield County

The Greenwich Hibernian Association, states that Greenwich was co-founded in 1640 by an Irishman named Captain Daniel Partrick and his companion Robert Feakes. They paid for a large tract of Indian land with 25 coats. Captain Partrick, distinguished more for bravery in battle than manners, had arrived in Greenwich from Boston, from whence he was expelled by Puritans ''for unbecoming behavior.'' The Greenwich Hibernian Association is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women of Irish ... [ more ]

Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Stamford • Stamford, CT • Fairfield County

St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrating all things Irish in downtown Stamford. Participants include bagpipe and pipe bands from throughout the region, local school bands, Irish dancing troupes, police and fire department personnel and vehicles, youth athletic associations and community organizations ... [ more ]

Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival
132 Commerce Street • Glastonbury, CT • Hartford County

The Greater Hartford Irish Festival has sustained itself for more than 30 years as the result of the foresight and dedication of countless individuals, committed to the development and encouragement of Irish culture. It was just such pioneers who saw this annual event as an opportunity – a fundraising opportunity to assist in achieving the ongoing goals of the Irish American Home Society, as well as an opportunity to welcome visitors from throughout Connecticut and the Northeast to the Society's "home" in Glastonbury ... [ more ]

Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Hartford • Hartford, CT • Hartford County

The Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee was formed for the purpose of fostering, promoting, and celebrating the cultural and historical contributions of Irish and Irish- American individuals and groups in Central Connecticut. To achieve this purpose, activities include the sponsorship of the Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade, including the selection of the Parade Person of the Year and the Parade Grand Marshal. Other activities include  ... [ more ]

New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown New Haven • New Haven, CT • New Haven County

The St. Patrick's Day Parade of Greater New Haven has become one of New England's premier Irish events. It is the largest, single-day spectator event in the State of Connecticut. The Parade was recognized by the Library of Congress in 1999 as the 6th oldest parade in the nation and an outstanding example of American folk life. Large crowds (an estimated 325,000 spectators in 2012), annually attend the parade. Parade day begins with Mass and small reception at St. Mary's Church. A Parade Ball is held on Saturday evening one week prior to parade day ... [ more ]

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