Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Winners
Decorated Vehicle – CommercialFirst Place: Shiloh Paving & Excavating Inc.
Honorable Mention: Greater York Dance
Decorated Vehicle – Non Commercial First Place: Goodwill Fire Co. of York Township
Honorable Mention: Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Antique VehicleFirst Place: Perry County Old Iron Collectors, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Animal Advocates of South Central PA
Individual / Family GroupFirst Place: Ned Rentzel
Honorable Mention: Kristin Phillips-Hill for State Senate
FloatFirst Place: York Fish & Oyster Co.
Honorable Mention: Youth Development Center
Honorable Mention: Clan Walsh
Non-Profit OrganizationFirst place: May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm
Honorable Mention: York Fresh Food Farms
Honorable Mention: Southern PA Incident Network (SPIN)
Honorable Mention: Loving Eyes 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club
Honorable Mention: KPETS—Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
Honor GuardFirst place: Sea Scouts Ship 25
Honorable Mention: York County Sheriffs Honor Guard
MediaFirst Place: CBS 21 News
Honorable Mention: WARM 103.3
Irish Dance GroupFirst Place: McGinley School of Irish Dance
Honorable Mention: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance
Best of Parade: St. Patrick School

Please note: Our panel of judges is comprised of parade sponsors and not parade committee members

Sunday, March 4, 2018

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2018 Pre-Parade Entertainment Schedule Announced

Plan to head downtown early on Saturday, March 17, for pre-parade entertainment in several locations:

-- 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Central Market YorkCarraig School Of Irish Dance
-- 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Martin Library: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance
-- 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. at Cherry Lane: McGinley School of Irish Dance
-- After the parade at Collusion Tap Works: Oh! Gill's Irish Dancers (part ofB*Dazzled Dance Studios)

Musical Entertainment at Continental Square before the parade:
-- 12:15 to 12:35: Lancers Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps
-- 12:45 to 1:15: The Emigsville Band

We'll also have face painting and balloon twists with Atomic Bounce,Caricatures by Mel Conrad, and crafts with Macaroni Kid York, PA starting at 11 a.m. at Continental Square. Some of our media partners will also be hand with giveaways. Head downtown early for a great parking space and save your seat along the parade route.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Collusion Tap Works supporting parade fund through Irish Stout sales


Collusion Tap Works, located at 105 South Howard Street in downtown York's Royal Square neighborhood, will donate a percentage of all sales of its Shenanigans Irish Stout to the parade fund. This special brew will be unveiled on March 8, 2018. 

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Order your 2018 parade t-shirt now

One way the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee raises funds necessary to cover parade expenses is to sell commemorative t-shirts. We are now taking advance orders for the 2018 commemorative shirts. This year’s design, printed in two colors on a white Gildan 2000 shirt, is shown here:

Shirts are $13 if ordered by February 10 (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 10, 2018, with the order form (see link below).  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.

Click here to download order form
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David Kennedy named 2018 Grand Marshal

The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce that David Kennedy will be the Grand Marshal of the 35th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, along Market Street in downtown York.

David is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Aspire Ventures, LLC, a technology-focused venture capital firm.  The company was founded in 2013 by a group of successful entrepreneurs, operators, investors and philanthropists to create a new kind of business enterprise, combining the key elements of a dedicated tech company with those of an early stage venture capital firm. The company has acquired and invested in three principal technologies: mobile, machine learning, and cloud computing.  Its business model is to create companies, rather than products, and to invest technology, funding and a variety of other resources in order to accomplish transformative change and a positive societal impact, with a primary focus in the healthcare space.  Most recently, David was CEO of appMobi, Inc., whose development tools and cloud services platform enabled any web developer to create and deploy customized applications for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.  David had been an active “angel” investor in appMobi since 2007, and in February of 2013, the company sold its developer tools division to Intel Corp., and established a strategic partnership through which Intel offers appMobi’s entire complement of engagement and monetization cloud services to all Intel tool developers. 

Prior to his work with appMobi, he was CEO/Vice Chairman of Interep National Radio Sales in New York, and also served as CEO of Susquehanna Media Co., one of the largest and most well respected major market radio, cable and internet companies in the U.S., with whom he held positions for 33 years.  During the 1970s, David held various on-air and management positions at the company’s radio stations until being promoted in 1983 to Vice President Planning and Research for Susquehanna Radio Corp. In August of 1989, he was named Senior Vice President and assumed direct responsibility for several midwest stations while managing group planning and research operations for all Susquehanna stations. David has chaired, actively participated in, and received numerous accolades from the boards of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, Broadcasters Foundation of America, and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation among many others.

David is a graduate of the University of Toledo (OH) and he holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University (OH).  He and his wife, Beverly, have three children and nine grandchildren.

Community Activities

            York County Community Foundation, Inc.
Former chairman, Board of Directors; chair, Management Assistance Committee

            American Red Cross
            Former chairman: Board of Directors and Executive Committee of American Red Cross, York County (PA) Chapter. Past member: Resolutions Committee, American Red Cross National Organization

            United Way of York County
            Former chairman, Board of Directors; Strategic Planning Committee

            Cultural Alliance of York Country
            Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors

            Leadership York
            Former member, Board of Directors; Former Mentor, Mentorship York program

            WITF Enterprises (Public Broadcasting, Harrisburg, PA)
            Member, Board of Directors

David Kennedy shares background on Irish Heritage

Ireland is a part of me through my father's side of the family.  Both of his parents were born and raised in Ireland, his father from Pettigo in County Donegal and his mother from Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.  My grandfather came to the US in May of 1921 aboard the SS Aquitania when he was 23, and my grandmother joined him in October of 1925, having traveled on the SS Caledonia.  They set up house in Plainfield, NJ, just outside NYC, where my father was born.  Within a few years, they left the New York area and moved to Toledo, OH to follow my grandfather's work.  

My grandfather was one of 6 children, and my grandmother one of 11.  None of my grandfather's siblings joined him in the US, but 3 of my grandmother's sisters settled in Toronto, Ontario, so they became a part of our lives, as well.  I still have relatives in both Ireland (with whom I've never spoken, unfortunately), and Toronto (with whom I do speak).  

Neither of my grandparents ever had the opportunity to return to Ireland.  Perhaps for that reason, all things Ireland were omnipresent in their home in Toledo, where I was born, and the customs, hospitality and humor of the homeland became a part of my education from my earliest days, and represent some of my fondest memories as a child.  

Cultural Alliance of York County President Mary Anne Winkelman, who is also a parade committee member, said, “I cannot think of a better choice for Grand Marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Dave has given so much to this community in so many ways and is a fitting representative of his Irish heritage.”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

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Join us for two Community Day Fundraisers at the Downtown York Isaac's Restaurant


ISAAC’S ON THE FLY (Downtown York location) will be holding a “Community Day” fundraiser benefiting the York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Saturday, February 17, 2018 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your family, friends, or co-workers while supporting our efforts to fund the 35th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of your meal will go directly to the parade fund.   

WHERE: ISAAC’S ON THE FLY—Valid at this Isaac’s only. 
58 W. Market Street, York 17401
Call 717-900-8682 for takeout orders

HOW: Bring the appropriate flyer with you or show it on your phone, complete the information and turn it in when paying.

Click here to download the form for January 17

Click here to download the form for February 17

This form can be used for Dine-In, Takeout and Online Ordering at
Use coupon code FUND for online fundraiser orders. Please complete this information.

In order to maximize the amount of donation for the parade fund, we ask Isaac’s Loyalty members to kindly refrain from using their number during fundraisers.  Meal Deals, Coupons, Discounts, and Loyalty Perks are not valid during Fundraisers.

Want to help us earn even MORE?  Add an Isaac’s Gift Card to your check and 15% of the gift card sale will be added to the fundraiser! Gift card must be used on future visit.