The 30th Annual Glen Cove Saint Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The parade is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Long Island. The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade is William “Bill” Doherty, who will be accompanied by Aide to the Grand Marshal, Kevin C. Horton.
The Parade has taken place annually since 1989. It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and a joyous celebration that is eagerly awaited each Spring by all residents of the North Shore and the entire Long Island community.
The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue. It steps off at 1 pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church. There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route. Shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the formation area.
This year’s parade is followed by a family-friendly post-parade party at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, at the end of the parade route.
The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other marching bands. Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more. The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas’ ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part. Come, join the fun!
For more information, please visit the parade website at www.gcirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.
Past and Present Grand Marshals
It is our custom each year to honor a person as “Grand Marshal” of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and one or more additional individuals as “Aides to the Grand Marshal’:
1989 John F. Sweeney Postmaster, City of Glen Cove
1990 P.O. Stephen McDonald Hero Police Officer
1991 Hon. Denis Dillon District Attorney, Nassau Co.
1992 Sr. Janet A. Fitzgerald President, Molloy College
1993 Joseph V. Buckley Restaurateur
1994 Rep. Peter King Congressional Representative
1995 Jack Ryan President, SEIU Local 74
1996 William V. Whelan President, Emerald Society, FDNY
1997 Brian Fitzpatrick Councilman, City of Glen Cove
1998 Michael McCormick National Historian, AOH
1999 Jack Irwin Governor’s Assistant for Irish Affairs
2000 Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi Mayor, City of Glen Cove; Nassau County Executive
2001 Patrick J. Lynch President, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
2002 Mary Gilroy-Doohan, M.D. Director, Emergency Services NSUH Glen Cove
2003 Tony Jackson Irish radio personality WRHU-FM Radio, Hofstra Univesity
2004 Mary Ann Holzkamp Mayor, City of Glen Cove
2005 James McCabe Hibernian Activist
2006 The “Fighting 69th”
2007 Jack McDougal Police Sergeant
2008 John W.C. Canning Attorney and Public Servant
2009 Robert P. Lynch Attorney and Educator
2010 Thomas J. Lilly Attorney and Pro-Life Activist
2011 Andrew Stafford Former Parade Chairman
2012 Maureen Basdavanos Glen Cove Deputy Mayor
2013 Daniel Lane Irish Activist
2014 John O’Connell Journalist.
2015 Fr. Elias Carr, Headmaster, All Saints Regional Catholic School
2016 Paul Long, First Responder and Veterans’ Advocate
2017 Julie Albin and Christopher Albin community activists
2018 William “Bill” Doherty, Parade Founder