Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Winners from the 34th Annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Congratulations to the following winners!

Decorated Vehicle—COMMERCIAL
First Place:  Martin’s Potato Chips
Honorable Mention:  White Rose Twirlers
Honorable Mention:  Magical Moments

Decorated Vehicle—NONCOMMERCIAL
First Place:  Goodwill Fire Co. of York Township
Honorable Mention:  York County Corvette Club
Honorable Mention:  York College Best Buddies

Individual / Family Group
First Place:  Ned Rentzel
Honorable Mention:  Celtic Trio

First Place:  Youth Development Center
Honorable Mention:  Clan Walsh
Honorable Mention:  York County Federation of Democratic Women

Non Profit Organization
First Place:  May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm
Honorable Mention:  Southern PA Incident Network (SPIN)
Honorable Mention:  Central Pennsylvania Ghostbusters
Honorable Mention:  KPETS – Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
Honorable Mention:  The Last Dog Rescue

Honor Guard
First Place:  York County Sherrifs Honor Guard
Honorable Mention:  Sea Scouts Ship 25

First Place:  CBS 21
Honorable Mention:  WGAL News 8 and abc27 (tie)

Irish Dance Group
First Place:  McGinley School of Irish Dance
Honorable Mention:  Ni Riain School of Irish Dance

Grand Prize -- Best of Parade:  York Fish & Oyster Co.

Friday, March 10, 2017

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Pre-Parade Venue Changes for Tomorrow:

UPDATED FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 (6 p.m.)

Due to the cold weather forecasted, we are making several changes to our pre-parade entertainment schedule:

Oh! Gill’s Irish Dancers will be performing inside Central Market at 12 noon tomorrow, instead of Cherry Lane. McGinley School of Irish Dance will begin at 11 a.m.

Face painting and balloon twists by Atomic Bounce will be available at Central Market York from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Performance Kitchen area).

Mel Conrad will be drawing caricatures at Union Lutheran Church York, PA, 408 West Market Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Union Lutheran Church will also be selling food and beverages (indoors) in the staging area while participants are lining up. Menu items include Guinness Mac n Irish Cheese, hot dogs, barbecue, pretzels, chips, Bailey's Brownies, drinks and more!

Please dress warmly before heading to the parade tomorrow.

Central Market will also have extended hours for people looking for hot food and beverages after the parade.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

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A word or two about the weather

Posted Thursday, March 9, 2017

We are getting a lot of questions about the weather. Right now, it looks like cold and dry, so please bundle up and dress for the weather. Come downtown early to park your car and put your chairs and blankets along Market Street to save your viewing spot, and then explore downtown and the many shops and eateries. Stay warm with some coffee, hot chocolate, soup or stew, etc. We’ll have pre-parade Irish dancing in four locations (three of them indoors).

Visit Downtown York, PA's website for shopping and dining information:

In the event of light rain or snow, the parade will go on. Due to the amount of advance planning that goes into the parade, and because many of our participants and volunteers have other commitments during the busy Saint Patrick’s Day season, it is not feasible to have an inclement weather date. The parade will go on as scheduled if there is light rain or snow. The parade would only be canceled in the event of severely inclement weather where there are serious safety concerns.

Thank you for your interest in the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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2017 York Emporium Coloring Contest

The York Emporium, located at 343 West Market Street in downtown York, is once again holding a coloring contest leading up to this year's parade.

Click here to download this year's entry form

Deadline for entries is March 3.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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Lynda O'Byrne Randall named 2017 Grand Marshal

The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce that Lynda O’Byrne Randall will be the Grand Marshal of the 34th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, along Market Street in downtown York.

Lynda O’Byrne Randall is a partner and co-owner of New Level Advisors LLC, a management consulting company. Her passion is transforming workplace cultures through leadership, team work, strategic planning and executive coaching. Lynda is an experienced trainer, public speaker, and facilitator.

Lynda has extensive experience in developing and implementing programs for non-profit organizations. She has a M.Ed. and teaching and training experience in positions including York College of Pennsylvania, Family Child Resources, and Director of Adult Education at Junior Achievement. Lynda founded and served as Director of the Women’s Business Center Organization of The J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at York College from 2007-2014.

Lynda is a 2010 Athena Award recipient and received a 2012 Women of Influence Award from the Central Penn Business Journal. She also received the Gold Award from the International Association of Facilitators for co-creating Business and Education Roundtables for the York County Economic Alliance and an MS Leadership Award. Her past and present community service includes: Board Director for the YWCA; Byrnes Health Education Center Advisory Board and Board of Directors; Athena Chairman; Creative York Board of Directors; Creative York Arts Awards Co-chair; Mentor for Leadership York and York College; YCEA Board of Directors; York County Library System Board of Directors; Governance Committee Strand-Capitol; WBCO Advisory Council; Junior League Community Advisory Board; Central York School District Business Advisory Board; J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council.

Lynda has resided in Springettsbury Township with her husband, Richard Randall (half Irish), since 1980.  They have two daughters.  Julie Randall resides in York and is the Communications Director for CYSD. Her two children are Thomas (11) and Ava (8.) Lauren Randall Buckley, an attorney, is married to John Buckley (full Irish) and lives in McLean, VA.  The Buckleys have three children: Arden (6), Madeline (3), and Jack (4 months).

Thomas O’Byrne, Lynda’s father, was a proud Irishman to the core. He passed on to his children and grandchildren a love of Irish music, story-telling, love of and loyalty to family, and a sense of humor in all matters. St. Patrick’s Day was a national holiday in the O’Byrne household with music, singing, and dancing.  Everyone who heard Tom O’Byrne singing Danny Boy at the Naval Officers Club in Mechanicsburg every St. Patrick’s Day was extremely moved.
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Order your 2017 parade t-shirt today

One of the ways we raise money to put on the York Saint Patrick's Day Parade each year is to sell commemorative t-shirts.

Click here to download this year's order form

Shirts are $13 if ordered by February 11 (shirts not ordered in advance will be $15).

To guarantee that a shirt is reserved for you in your desired size, please send a check payable to the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade by February 11, 2017, with the order form.  Requests for sizes after that date will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis.  A limited supply of most sizes will be available for purchase in March, but quantities cannot be guaranteed unless reserved before we place the order with our supplier.

T-shirts will be available for pickup prior to the parade for those wishing to have their shirts in advance (please indicate preference on the order form).