St. Patrick's Day Has Arrived!

"To The Day We Celebrate!"

Words that launched Cleveland's first public observance of St. Patrick's Day in 1842; and words that should still be said today!

While we are not able to celebrate our Irish heritage as we normally do, we do hope you are able to celebrate at home - tune in to a past Parade courtesy of TV20, connect with family and friends via phone call or social media, and turn on some Irish music.

No matter what your personal plan, the Parade Committee wishes you a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day and we can't wait to celebrate with everyone next year!




Celebrate At Home by Watching Past Parades Online!


While we cannot be on the Avenue this year, you can watch your favorite organizations as they marched the Avenue in past parades!  Use the following links to access TV20's YouTube footage of past parades!


Get Your Collectible 2020 Shamrock Pin


A limited number of Shamrock Pins are made each year.  This year’s Pin is definitely a collectible!
What a great time to start a child’s collection; or add to your own!  Get yours while they are still available.

Shamrock Pins are available from Parade Committee Directors, Delegates and Online.


And, for those interested in a 2020 Guarantor Sash, a limited number are still available!

2021 Parade Theme


The 2021 Parade Theme will be:

Ireland’s Scenic Coastlines

The Parade Committee appreciates all of the planning, time and resources that goes into the creation of floats for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Many organizations spend months preparing their floats, and most floats were ready to go for the 2020 Parade.  Therefore, the Parade Committee has opted to carry forward the 2020 Parade Theme to the 2021 Parade.  We can't wait to see what's in store for the 2021 Parade!

Pictured above are the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, just one of the many coastlines that could be featured in the floats entered into the 2021 Parade.

2020 Program Book


The 2020 Program Book is now available!


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland presents the 2020 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade Program Book!

The Program Book is published annually and includes pertinent information about (what would have been) this year’s Parade!  You can view the 2020 Honor Roll of Parade Guarantors, Honoree Profiles and much more!

The digital edition of the book is “view only” – no downloading!  If you would like to pick up a hard copy of the 2020 Program Book, many of our member organizations will have them at their locations.

Thank You!

Billboards Around Town!



While the Parade has been cancelled, you can still celebrate the 2020 Honorees!

Lamar Advertising will be showing a few different advertisements in Honor of the 2020 Parade
from Thursday, March 12th through Tuesday, March 17th.

Billboard locations are:
  • Lorain Av NS 950ft E/O West 25 St
  • Carnegie Av NS 200ft W/O East 46th
  • Ontario St WS 500ft N/O Carnegie Av
  • West 3 WS 150ft S/O St Clair Ave
  • Carnegie Av SS 200ft W/O East 14 St
  • East 14 St ES 380ft S/O Prospect Av

Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade is CANCELLED for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade is CANCELLED for
Tuesday, March 17, 2020


MEDIA STATEMENT 
March 11, 2020
2:00pm

Regretfully, the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled on Tuesday, March 17th has been cancelled. The United Irish Societies, in collaboration with city officials and public health officials have made this decision as a precautionary measure in the best interest of and for the public health and safety of our community. Our priority is to help prevent new cases.

Below are important reminders and information to consider while this situation is ongoing:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a central hub of information and resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and what to do if you suspect you may be sick with COVID-19. The CDC website can be accessed at www.cdc.gov.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

At public gatherings , temporarily replace handshakes, hugs and physical contact to a friendly wave

Linda M. Carney
Executive Director
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland

Press Conference - 1:00pm March 11, 2010


A Press Conference will be held with the City of Cleveland and the United Irish Societies at 1:00pm today regarding the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Full Press Release to Follow the Press Conference

Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade Still on as Scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th



MEDIA STATEMENT
March 10, 2020


The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled on Tuesday, March 17th at 1:04 PM will occur as planned.  The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland  and  to the City of Cleveland.  We are closely monitoring the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Cuyahoga County.  We are working and communicating with elected and public health officials and will follow their recommendations as to whether outdoor public gatherings in the City of Cleveland should be curtailed.  Currently there is no such restriction.

Below are some important reminders and information for you to consider while this situation is ongoing:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a central hub of information and resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and what to do if you suspect you may be sick with COVID-19.  The CDC website can be accessed at www.cdc.gov.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • At public gatherings, temporarily replace handshakes, hugs and physical contact to a friendly wave.


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland will provide updates as we receive guidelines and information from the City of Cleveland and public health officials.

Linda M. Carney
Executive Director
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland

Who's In The Parade This Year?

In case you are wondering what organizations you will see in the Parade this year, check out the 2020 Line of March which lists participating organizations!

Pictured below is the winner of the 2019 Best of the Parade Award - St. Ignatius High School Marching Band. 

St. Ignatius High School Marching Band - 2019 Best of the Parade


2020 Parade Honorees

Congratulations to the 2020 United Irish Societies Honorees


Grand Marshal:             Thomas J. Scanlon
Mother of the Year:      Kathleen Mangan
Inside Co-Chair:            Maureen Mohney
Outside Co-Chair:         Christopher Cooper

Ohio’s 2020 Primary Election Day is March 17, 2020



 


Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day Events keep you from voting!  Your county’s Board of Elections offers several options for you to cast your vote:

  • Polls are Open from 6:30am to 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Vote Early In-Person at your Board of Elections Office
  • Absentee Voting (aka Vote-By-Mail)

Use the following links to access your county’s Board of Elections website for additional information:



DISCLOSURE:  The Parade Committee of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland is a non-political organization.  We are sharing this information as notice for those who participate in our events and events of our member organizations.

2020 Shamrock Pins & Guarantor Sashes Now Available



All items can be ordered online from our Fundraising page.

Shamrock Pins are also available from Parade Committee Directors & Delegates, the Irish American Club - East Side Club Store and the West Side Irish American Club Store.

Thank you for your support!

Marshals Wanted for 2020 Parade



Interested in volunteering for the Parade?  We could always use volunteers to help marshal the Parade!

What does a marshal do?  Marshals assist with lining up units prior to the Parade; ensures the continued movement of units along the Parade Route; provides assistance to units during the Parade; and assists with crowd control to minimize interference with the Parade.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Parade Marshal, please send us an email with your contact information by March 2, 2020 and we will be in touch with you!