Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in York has been a tradition for 35 years. For the last 19, the parade was run by an all-volunteer committee of civic-minded individuals who didn’t want to see the parade end when the City of York decided to discontinue the parade all those years ago. Those volunteers saved the parade, and ran it with joy and enthusiasm ever since. The current committee has been proud to carry on what that small group began. This past March, we enjoyed beautiful weather for the 35th annual parade celebration, and the committee of volunteers was happy to once again shoulder the burden of organization, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and everything else that comes with staging an event of this size.
Regretfully, after all these many years, it is no longer possible for the current committee to carry on organizing and holding the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We have been searching for an organization, or a large enough group of individuals to carry on the parade and save it from ending, as the early members of this very committee did 19 years ago – to no avail.
The committee held a meeting in May with representatives of the local business and government community with a hope to find a solution that would ensure the continuation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Unfortunately, no such resolution has been reached. As a result, and with a heavy heart, we will have no option but to announce the end after 35 years of the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade unless new volunteers step forward.
To that end, skilled and energetic individuals are needed immediately to fill 5 key roles: 1-overall coordination and general as-needed tasks (preferably with a flexible daytime schedule), 2-sponsorship, 3-fundraisers, 4-graphic design, and 5-social media and marketing/promotion. The current St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is willing to help in any way possible. If you are interested in joining this established organization and willing to commit to being responsible for one of the identified needs, please email yorkstpatparade@gmail.com by July 15.
We know that many of you, treasuring fond memories of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will be deeply disappointed to hear this news.
As York City yearns to cast off old stereotypes, and become a regional leader for new opportunities, it will be a shame to see the sun set on a beloved community tradition such as the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Parade Day always brings big crowds downtown, and many businesses, restaurants, pubs, and other establishments benefit in many ways from The York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We believe there is merit in saving this institution for the future for the good of the City and County of York, our businesses, and our community.
It is our sincerest hope that the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be carried on as the affordable, family-friendly, enjoyable public event we always tried to make it. But as of now, we just want to say thank you to all of our sponsors and participants for helping us bring a little Irish cheer, music, and laughs to York for the last 35 years.
The York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee