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New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A new tradition was born in 2015 when Saint Leo University was invited to participate in the historic New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year, kick off the weekend in NYC with an evening reception on Thursday, March 16. We will then gather on Friday, March 17, with your Saint Leo family to march up Fifth Avenue in the famous annual parade! Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends are all welcome to participate.

 Parade Rules

Please note dress code for the parade is business casual, and all marchers will be required to abide by the official St. Patrick's Day Marching Rules as follows:

  1. All units must have two (2) flags. Irish and American flags or no flags at all. No exceptions. An American flag on the right and an Irish flag on the left.
  2. A minimum of eight (8) abreast. Ten (10) if room is available. A unit with 250+ members MUST march 10 abreast.
  3. Two (2) marshals of each marching unit should bring up the rear.
  4. The only banners allowed are ones identifying the unit. Only one identifying banner for each unit. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  5. Green hats, sneakers, or other "odd ball" dress is not permitted.
  6. No animals or mascots.
  7. No eating, drinking, or smoking in the Line of March.
  8. No displays of any kind will be permitted.
  9. Units should make sure they are in proper formation before approaching Fifth Avenue.
  10. After units get on Fifth Avenue, no stragglers should be allowed to join the unit. Unit marshals should be on the alert for this at each intersection. Please be vigilant.
  11. Leaders of organizations shall not delay the parade by leaving their places for any purpose.
  12. Shirts with advertising are NOT an appropriate form of dress. No children's pull or push wagons permitted.
  13. Please remember, you are on Fifth Avenue for one hour once a year and you should march with pride in your heritage and dress accordingly; business dress code is required.
  1. Step 1 Selection
  2. Step 2 Registration
Thursday March 16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, March 16, there will be an evening reception at Pig ’n’ Whistle on 46th (144 W. 46th. St New York, NY 10036 b/t 6th & 7th). Registration includes food and open bar. Space is limited.

Sold Out
Thank you for your interest in the Thursday evening reception at Pig ’n’ Whistle! Unfortunately, we have met the maximum capacity of the event space. We hope that you join us to march in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Friday, March 17! If you have questions, please contact Amanda Laffin at or (352) 588-8837.
Friday March 17
12:15 PM

Our place and time of formation is 12:15 PM, West 45th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. We will be meeting closer to 5th Avenue in front of 50 West 45th Street.

Make an additional donation $  
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Saint Patrick's Day Parade:

Take a look at this video of the fun we had at the 2016 parade and enjoy our Facebook gallery. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!