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New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Thursday, March 17th 2010 11:00 am
to the "Fighting 69th"
69th Infantry, New York Army National Guard,
The 69th Regiment of New York
Tribute to our New York City Fire Department (NYFD)
Day and the AOH
Marching for the 249th Consecutive Year Up Fifth Avenue in New York City -
Marched for the first time on March 17, 1762 - Sixteen Years before the
Declaration of Independence was adopted.
Parade will be reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by His
Eminence Cardinal Edward Eagan, Archbishop of New York. It will also
be reviewed from the Official Reviewing Stand at 64th Street and 5th Avenue.
The parade marches up 5th Avenue, clan by clan, from 44th to 86th streets
starting at 11am on St. Patrick's Day (Tuesday, March 17th).
New York City
Patrick's Day Parade Photo's
Saint Patrick's Day Photo's
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Before the parade in front of City
2002 Newark Parade Ceremonies
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A.O.H Ancient Order of Hibernians
Divisions of New Jersey
Somerset: www.aohsomerset.com >For
the St. Patrick Div 1, Somerset County
- James McSorley, Jr. President, 81 Miry Brook Rd. Hamilton NJ 08690
Ocean #2 - Jack Nosti, President, 838 Forepeak Drive Forked River,NJ 08731
- Larry Erwin President, (PO Box 834) 38 Halsted St. Newton NJ 07860
Union #3 - Paul Bulger President 5 Raleigh Avenue Cranford NJ 07016
Essex #3 - Thomas Corcoran President, 76 Sandford Place Newark NJ 07106
Middlesex #3 - Jack Ligouri,Jr. President, 61 Sheppard Pl. Fords,NJ 08863
Camden #4 - Dennis McCormack President, 5 Tanager Ct. Adubon Park NJ
Salem #1 - Donald Scanlan President, 250 Birch Street Carneys Point NJ
Union #2 - Joseph Sullivan (PSP) President, 222 Franklin St. Elizabeth,NJ
Cape May #1 - Michael Fay President, 225 East 5th Avenue Wildwood NJ 08250
Somerset #1 - Vincent Reh President, 17 E. Brown St Somerville NJ
08876-1601 [908 722-6595]
Middlesex #1 - Thomas Tighe, 25 Harrison St. Sayreville,NJ 08872 [732
Ocean #1 - John Cronen President,225 Cornelius St. Bayville,NJ 08721-3507
- John Sullivan President, 3 Comanche Drive Middletown NJ 07748-3701 [732
Essex #9 - Michael McGlynn President 11 Midvale Avenue Fairfield NJ 07004
- Declan Gallagher President, 114 So. King St. Gloucester,NJ 08030
Camden #3 - Daniel Sullivan President, 22 Hiawatha Road Somerdale NJ 08003
- Sean Kane President, 46 Mountain Ave Warren NJ 07060 [908 647-1116]
Hudson #7 - Ken Evans President 545 Davis Ave Kearny NJ 07032-3603 [201
- Kevin Weldon President 1108 Raymere Ave Wanamassa NJ 07711 [732 531-2580]
[fax 732 222-5100] e-mail: KMW1118@ aol.com
Hudson #8 - John O'Donnell President 174 W. 31st St Bayone NJ 07002-1806
Monmouth County Board- Tom Mahon President 315 Linda St. Belford,NJ
ST. Patrick's Day and
By: Gerry Curran Deputy National Historian
we again prepare for the Feast of our Order's patron this March 17th we should
be aware that the general American celebration of the holiday leaves many
American Irish and the Irish in Ireland bewildered or, at best, indifferent. In
Ireland, most regard the day as a holyday and see the American counterpart as
somewhat ridiculous if not sacrilegious. In America, St. Patrick's Day has,
unfortunately, become a collection of extravagant parades, shamrocks and
leprechauns on napkins and party hats, chartreuse apparel, maudlin
Irish-American songs, and green beer in which the nexus between the Irish and
alcoholic drink is reaffirmed. Even serious efforts to properly venerate the
saint's memory, in the form of well meaning but often speculative and somewhat
farfetched biographies of St. Patrick, do little to educate their readers about
the evolution of the day as a cultural celebration. Few special interest or news
accounts in the contemporary media tell the fascinating story of how St.
Patrick's Day has become an American national institution. In those that have
made the attempt, fewer have properly accredited the Ancient Order of Hibernians
with the crucial role it has played in this development.
Although St. Patrick's Day parades can be
traced to Boston in 1737 and New York in 1762, these events were relatively
simple processions that were common in Ireland and other areas of Europe on
saints' feast days. These processions were always religious in nature and were
largely unnoticed by the larger Anglo-Saxon Protestant population in the United
States. As the Catholic Irish population in America slowly grew, stereotypes of
the Irish and cultural prejudice against them grew as well. Situated as the English
colonies were between French and Spanish settlements (both Catholic),
anti-Catholicism was rife in America from the beginning. As early as 1799, frightened
Irish Catholics on New York's Lower East Side defended their national dignity
against native-born Americans who paraded through their neighborhoods on St.
Patrick's Day bearing insulting effigies (dubbed "Paddies") of the
The custom of "Paddy making" became
widespread in the early 1800's and continued unabated until the middle of the
nineteenth century. These provocative caricatures incensed those affronted by
them. The social historian George Potter described the "Paddy" as:
"an effigy dressed in rags, its mouth smeared with molasses, sometimes
wearing a string of potatoes around its neck or a codfish to mock the Friday
fasting and with a whiskey bottle stuck out of one pocket...set up in a public
place on the eve of St. Patrick's Day."
In the 1820's Protestant Ulster immigrants
brought the Orange order to New York. By 1824 the order was strong enough to
again insult Irish Catholic sensibilities by parading all day on July 11th (the
anniversary of the infamous "victory" of the Protestant William III
over the Catholic James II and his Irish allies at the Boyne River in 1690) with
orange and purple flags through the Catholic community in Greenwich Village
singing "Croppies Lie Down", "Protestant Boys", and
"Boyne Water". As Irish Orangeism and American nativism combined to
promote discrimination against Catholics, most immigrants retreated into the
safety of the Catholic Irish communities and the institutions that emerged to
protect them - the Catholic Church, the Democratic party and the organizations
of the Irish nationalist movement - the largest and most prominent of which
was the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Organized in New York and Pennsylvania in
1836 the A.O.H. grew rapidly, appealing to a broad segment of the Irish Catholic
community by asserting issues of self-defense and social and economic justice,
as well as Irish nationalism. It also spread to other cities and states by
appealing to the similar grievances of canal and railroad laborers, and their
nationalistic sentiments (this growth of the Order also helped increase the
number, size, and significance of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in cities
throughout the nation).
In 1853, the Order was chartered by the state
of New York and also appeared in its first St. Patrick's Day parade under the
name Ancient Order of Hibernians. From this date on, the A.O.H. played a
dominant role in the development of the parade and was ultimately destined to
assume total responsibility for the parade tradition. Writing in 1823,
former National Historian John O'Dea stated: "The feature of the Order
which impressed the public in the early days of our American annals was the
great procession on St. Patrick's Day. The romantic attachment for their native
land and the precepts of Ribbonism had made a reverence for the immortal apostle
a part of the creed of every Irishman. For almost fifty years these St.
Patrick's Day processions were the chief public functions of the Order, not only
in New York City, but in every city where the Order had found a foothold."
During the July 4, 1853 Independence Day
parade in New York, members of the A.O.H. were attacked at Abingdon Square when
a wagon and team of horses were driven into the marchers and bloody fighting
broke out between the Hibernians and elements of the "Know Nothing"
organizations led by the shameful bigot Bill Poole. With "Know
Nothing" attack a genuine threat, an unusually large number of Irish units
of the state militia, including the 69th, the 9th, and the 72nd regiments, as
well as many volunteer units, acted as escort to the parade on the following
March 17th. Protection of their community in general, and of the marchers in
particular, motivated these men (many of whom were A.O.H. members). Their
demeanor stood in striking contrast to the proverbial Irish faults of violence,
indolence, and intemperance with which the popular media of the time portrayed
them. The inclusion of these military units helped transform the St. Patrick's
Day procession into the parade we recognize today.
Moreover, in 1856, Peter R. Gaynor, A.O.H.
National Delegate (the title then used for National President) led the Father
Mathew Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society in the parade. This famous Irish
temperance organization helped bring a new dimension of order to the line of
march and deflated the myth that the Irish were, as suggested by Henry Cabot
Lodge: "...a hard-drinking, idle, quarrelsome, and disorderly class, always
at odds with the government."
By the beginning of the Civil War and in
large part due to the efforts of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the New York
St. Patrick's Day parade was no longer a small and simple procession. As a
result of its unqualified success (and our Order's rapid growth) St. Patrick's
Day parades became a feature of every substantial American city. The celebration
of St. Patrick's Day has become a symbol not only of devotion to our patron
saint and ancestral home but also of our constitutional right to freely assemble
in our streets as respected American citizens.
we prepare for St. Patrick's Day let us recall those brave Hibernians who
defended their right to express devotion to our faith with their lives. Let us
pray for them as we honor the institution they helped create.
is the Ancient Order of Hibernians In America?
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal
Organization founded in New York City 4 May,1836. The Order can trace
its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has
existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations
share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much
The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect
the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic
Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry
VIII. When England Implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland,
various secret social societies were formed across the country. These
groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available.
Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May
4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect the clergy, and
church Property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers.
At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine
issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various
social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to
be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly
arrived Irish, both socially, politically. The many Divisions and club
facilities located throughout the U.S. traditionally have been among the
first to welcome new Irish Americans. Here, the Irish culture -- art,
dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can
meet some of "their own" and are introduced to the social
atmosphere of the Irish-American community. the AOH has been at the
political forefront for issues concerning the Irish, such as;
Immigration Reform; economic Incentives both here and in Ireland; the
human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation;
Right-To-Life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that
The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those
who are generations removed from our country. The AOH sponsors many of
the programs associated with promoting our Irish Heritage such as the
IRISH WAY PROGRAM.
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Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is confined to men 16 years and older
who are practical Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and who are
citizens of United States of America or who have declared their
intentions to become citizens of the United States of America.
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Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc., and agree that my
reception and continuance in said Order shall depend on the truthfulness
of my answers to the questions which are hereto attached, which answers
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a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. that I am
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practical Catholic, and one worthy in every way to become a
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