Sunday, December 14, 2014

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2015 There's Guinness In It!



Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 26, 2015, and save the date!

The York Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee is planning the return of a very popular (and delicious) fundraiser. 

"There's Guinness In It!" will again feature several area restaurants and caterers each creating a menu item containing Guinness (appetizers, entrees and desserts), and you'll get to sample each one. The event will take place at Central Market House (5:30-8pm). 

Confirmed participants to date include:
The Accomac Inn

All About Brownies
Artistic Foods Catering
Bair's Chicken
The Busy Bee
Central Family Restaurant

The Copper Crust Bakery
Mezzogiorno
Pepper's Grille

Simply Soup
The Yorktowne Hotel
Additional participants will be listed as confirmations are received.

Tickets are $25 and are now available for purchase online through February 21. 


Click here to purchase tickets.

You may also purchase tickets through the mail by sending a check payable to York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, PO Box 1043, York PA 17405. Please include your name and email address so that we may confirm receipt of your payment. Tickets will be held for you at the door. (MAIL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2/21/15.)

If you would prefer to purchase tickets in person, please visit Take Five Expresso Bar inside Central Market.

Tickets include a sample from each participating eatery, Guinness samples, water, and door prize drawings.

Some vendors may have additional beverages for sale, and Take Five Expresso Bar will be open so that event attendees may purchase coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

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2014 Parade Winners Announced!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in today's parade!! The following winners were chosen from our panel of judges.

Winners from the 31st Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Best Decorated Vehicle (Commercial):  Adrenaline Dance of York
Hon. Mention:  Martin’s Potato Chips

Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-Commercial):  York County Corvette Club
Hon. Mention: Goodwill Fire Company of York Township

Best Antique Vehicle: Groundhog Hole Fire Company – The Murren Family
Hon. Mention: Perry Old Iron Collectors

Best Individual / Family Group:  Irish Blessing Band
Hon. Mention:  Celtic Trio

Best Float: York County Youth Development Center
Hon. Mention (two): St. Patrick School & Cheerleaders, Embers Steakhouse and Seafood

Best Non Profit Organization:  87th PA Re-enactors Association
Hon. Mention (four):  Special Olympics of York County, Faeries of Spoutwood Farm, Kevin Schreiber, KPETS – Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services

Best Honor Guard: Cedar Cliff High School JROTC Color Guard
Hon. Mention: American Merchant Marine Veterans and Sea Scouts of York Ship 25

Best Media Entry (non-float): CBS 21
Hon. Mention: ABC 27

Best Irish Dance Group: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance
Hon. Mention: Oh! Gill’s Irish Dancers

Grand Prize--Best of Parade: McGinley School of Irish Dance
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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2014 Line of March Announced

Click here to download the 2014 York Saint Patrick's Day Parade official program (formatted to print out on four sheets of 8.5x11 paper).


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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2014 Pre-Parade Entertainment Announced

You'll want to come downtown early on parade day!

Click here for the pre-parade entertainment schedule

Coming soon: Listing of special promotions at downtown restaurants and eateries (information is still being submitted and compiled)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Thomas D. O'Shea Named 2014 Grand Marshal


The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce Thomas D. O’Shea as Grand Marshal of the 31st Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, along Market Street in downtown York.

Tom was honored and excited upon hearing the news of his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  He and his family have long enjoyed celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and attending the parade.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Tom came to York County in 1988 with his family, making his home in Spring Garden Township with his wife Kris, who was “absolutely thrilled!” to hear of her husband’s recognition.  Tom and Kris are hoping to have all their children and grandchildren with them for the parade.  Tom and Kris have raised three children—daughters Kelly and Molly, and son Brian.  They also enjoy two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Liam.

Tom has been an attorney at CGA Law Firm for over 25 years where he practices Family Law.  In addition to a successful practice, Tom has been very active over the years with the York County Bar Association, serving as president in 2003, and their charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation, serving as president of that body in 2010.  Tom also is the York County Board Representative for MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit organization which provides legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Pennsylvania.

At age 50, Tom took up running for fun and fitness.  One of his favorite things about living in the York area is having access to the York County Heritage Rail Trail, where he runs in his spare time.  Tom has run five marathons for enjoyment or charity events.  Also a cyclist, he has finished two century rides (100-miles), one on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and one around Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada border.  He is currently working on his swimming for an upcoming triathlon.

One of Tom’s true passions is his involvement with York Little Theatre.  He has been a part of the theater since his move into the area, serving on the board for 20 years, including a term as president.  He has acted in and directed many shows at YLT, and continues to do so.  Tom has found a way to combine two things he loves—theater and the law—by writing and performing in The Bar Stools, a popular musical parody show that benefits MidPenn Legal Services as well as York Little Theatre by poking good-natured fun at local lawyers & judges. 

Victoria Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the York County Bar Association and Foundation, shared the following: “The York County Bar Association, and its charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation, congratulates Thomas D. O'Shea on being honored as Grand Marshal of the 2014 York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, one of our city's most beloved events. Tom's gift of gab is well known through his work as the writer, actor, producer, director of Legal Lines and The Bar Stools shows and, of course, in his day job as an attorney at CGA Law Firm. Tom's Irish roots run deep in our community and make him the perfect choice to lead this very special 40 shades of green production! Slainte, Tom!!”

With a name like O’Shea, it’s no secret that Tom has deep Irish roots.  His grandfather was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, and his paternal grandmother also boasts an Irish heritage.  Her Whalen ancestors emigrated first to Manchester, England, and then on to the United States.  Tom has visited Ireland twice—once in the 90s with his wife when they traveled to Tralee and visited the church where his grandfather was baptized.  The second trip was in 2007 with his daughter, Molly.  She ran in the Dublin Marathon that year, which is what got Tom thinking about giving running a try himself.

Tom has received many awards for his involvement with the Bar and York Little Theatre, and was the 2010 recipient of the Richard E. Kohler Civility and Ethics Award from the Inn of Court.  Tom’s dedication to the people of York County and his contributions to local theater make him a fantastic choice for Grand Marshal, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Andrew Paxton, parade committee member and fellow attorney, remarked that, “Tom is an excellent choice as Grand Marshal for the YSPDP.  He is very active in the community, and I am happy the Committee chose to acknowledge and celebrate Tom's extensive civic contributions and his Irish Heritage.”


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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2014 Commemorative t-shirts are now on sale

This year's commemorative t-shirts are now on sale.


There is a $2 discount for shirts ordered prior to February 12. Purchasing shirts in advance also guarantees that you will receive the size you want before selling out.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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2014 There's Guinness In It

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 6, 2014, and save the date!

The York Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee is planning the return of a very popular (and delicious) fundraiser. 

"There's Guinness In It!" will again feature several area restaurants and caterers each creating a menu item containing Guinness (appetizers, entrees and desserts), and you'll get to sample each one. The event will take place at Central Market House (5:30-8pm). 

Confirmed participants to date include:
The Accomac Inn

All About Brownies
The Busy Bee
Central Family Restaurant

The Copper Crust Bakery
JRs Fries

Just Cupcakes
Maewyn's
Mezzogiorno
Pepper's Grille

Sam & Tony's
Simply Soup

Tickets are $25 and are now available for purchase online through February 28:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-theres-guinness-in-it-tickets-10349528719


You may also purchase tickets through the mail by sending a check payable to York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, PO Box 1043, York PA 17405. Please include your name and email address so that we may confirm receipt of your payment. Tickets will be held for you at the door. (MAIL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 2/28/14.)

If you would prefer to purchase tickets in person, please visit Kimman's (on the corner of Beaver and Philadelphia Streets) or Take Five Expresso Bar inside Central Market.

Tickets include a sample from each participating eatery, Guinness samples, water, and door prize drawings.

Some vendors may have additional beverages for sale, and Take Five Expresso Bar will be open so that event attendees may purchase coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.