Thursday, December 8, 2016

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2017 There's Guinness In It

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 2, 2017, 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 restaurants include:
And Anything Beyond Bakery
Artistic Foods Catering
Bair's Chicken
The Busy Bee
Central Family Restaurant
The Copper Crust Company
Corner Cabinet Cafe
The Fizzy Bee
Joy's Cafe
King Brat Gourmet Hotdogs
Pepper's Grille at Central Market
Simply Soup
White Rose Bar & Grill
York City Pretzel Company

NEW FOR 2017: Also available at the event this year: Rockfish Public House will be on hand with an oyster shucking station for those who wish to purchase oysters. Look for them in the Performance Kitchen area. Please note that the oyster shucking station is not included in the ticket price. This is an added featured this year and will make a nice pairing with Guinness.

Tickets are $25 and are now available for purchase online through January 26. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

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

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 1/20/17.)
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.
Sincere thanks to The Beer Ace for generous support of this fundraiser.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Winners from the 33rd Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Best Decorated Vehicle (Commercial): York Revolution Baseball Team
Hon. Mention: Martin’s Potato Chips

Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-Commercial): Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Hon. Mention: Goodwill Fire Co. of York Township

Best Antique Vehicle: Harvey Lilly
Hon. Mention: Perry Old Iron Collectors

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

Best Float: York Fish & Oyster Co.
Hon. Mention (two): St. Patrick School
The York Water Company

Best Non Profit Organization: May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm
Hon. Mention (three): York County Heritage Trust
Girls on the Run
Martin Library

Best Honor Guard: Cedar Cliff High School Army JROTC
Hon. Mention: York County Sheriff’s Honor Guard

Best Media Entry (non-float): abc27
Hon. Mention: CBS 21 WHP &CW15

Best Irish Dance Group: McGinley School of Irish Dance
Hon. Mention (two): Carraig School of Irish Dance
Adrenaline Dance of York

Grand Prize--Best of Parade Winner: CLAN WALSH

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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2016 York Emporium Coloring Contest

Click here to download this year's coloring contest page

Entries should be returned to The York Emporium Book Store, 343 West Market Street, by Saturday, March 5, 2016.

If you'll be downtown for First Friday, coloring pages and crayons will also be available at CoWork155, located at 155 West Market Street.

All youngsters entering the contest will receive a free book when they turn their entries in to The York Emporium.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Order your 2016 commemorative parade t-shirt today!

UPDATE:  Shirts will be available for purchase at CoWork155 (155 West Market Street) during First Friday events on Friday, March 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. and at Central Market on Saturday, March 5.

Shirts are $15 (add $1 for 2X). Cash and credit cards accepted.


We are currently accepting advance orders for this year's commemorative parade t-shirt.

Click here to download the order form.

Shirts may be picked up at Central Market on Saturday, March 5, or you may pick up at Continental Square on parade day.

You must order by February 11th to guarantee your size and receive the advance discount.

Thank you for supporting the York Saint Patrick's Day Parade!
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Ward Walsh Named Grand Marshal of 2016 Parade

The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce Ward Walsh as Grand Marshal of the 33rd Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, along Market Street in downtown York.

Ward is a graduate of St. Patrick Grade School, York Catholic High school (’64) and attended the College of William and Mary, where he met and courted his bride, Kathleen.  They settled back in York when Ward started his own company, IMC America, Inc., and raised three children here – Ned, Mieke and Reid.  All three are also graduates of St. Patrick and York Catholic and also make York their home, allowing Ward and Kathleen to spend plenty of time with their nine grandchildren.

An Irishman to the core, Ward is a long-time enthusiast of the parade and he and his extended family, Clan Walsh, have marched as a group in the parade for many, many years.  Beginning at the very first York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, when Ward grabbed his children, a poster board and their faithful dog, Molly (dyed greed for the occasion), a tradition was soon born to include the extended Walsh family.  Through the decades the family gathers again and again to enjoy their favorite holiday – at the parade and in the celebrations to follow.   Ward is the oldest of eight children of Bud and Sheila (Duffy) Walsh, and has 35 first cousins to boast, not including his own siblings (like we said, it’s an Irish family!)  When the Clan gathers, they gather en masse and have a great time doing so and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is no exception. 

Outside of work and family, Ward is an avid swimmer and cyclist and supporter of his alma maters (YC and William and Mary both) as well as the York YMCA, where he has been a member since he was a boy.  He counts his high school and college buddies as well as his swimming and cycling crew among his closest friends – and his friends number almost as many as his family!  He is loyal to every one of them to the last. He is also a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick’s where you’ll find him with his Uncle Jim Walsh each Sunday at 8:00 mass after which he takes communion to elderly who are unable to attend mass in person. 

From Cork to York is the slogan of Clan Walsh as they march in the parade, and we think that is pretty close to the truth!  We know at the least Ward and his siblings are genuinely 100% Irish – as all of his ancestors can be traced to the Emerald Isle.  On his father’s side, Bud Walsh was the son of Edward and Alice (McMahon) Walsh.  Alice hailed from Massachusetts, where her father, first generation James Francis McMahon (who married Henrietta Dunn) was the fire chief of Boston.  Ed Walsh was the son of Margaret (Shields) and Edward R. Walsh, and also came to York from Massachusetts.  His grandparents, William H. and Honora Walsh and Patrick and Mary (O’Keefe) Shields were all born in Ireland. 

On the Duffy side, Sheila Duffy Walsh was the daughter of James T. Duffy of Marietta and Margaret (Gaul) Duffy of Houghton Michigan.   Jim Duffy was the son of James Thomas and Mary (Malone) Duffy.  His father, in turn, was Colonel James Duffy, Jr., whose parent James and Catherine (Sheridan) Duffy emigrated to Lancaster from the homeland, specifically Donegal.  Margaret Duffy was the daughter of James and Margaret (Ryan) Gaul – whose family was from Tipperary and Kilkenny Counties.