The Manchester St.Patrick's Parade has teamed up again this year with New Horizons to collect non-perishable food items during the parade to help your local food pantries.
Welcome to the 2015 St Patrick's Parade
The 20th anniversary Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on March 29, 2015.
The parade will step off at Noon, RAIN OR SHINE, and proceed from Salmon to Central Street.
2015 Grand Marshal
The St. Patrick’s Parade committee has announced that John “Jack” O’Connor has been named Grand Marshal of the 20th annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade, which will be held on Sunday, March 29th. Each year, the parade names a Grand Marshal who is of Irish heritage and Catholic faith, who has contributed to the betterment of the greater Manchester area.
John “Jack” O’Connor is a member, Board of Directors at the Pine Haven School in Allenstown. "Jack" is a loving Grandfather to Margaret, Jack, Finbar, Emily, Maeve, Quinn, Bredget, Keira, Emmet, Mairin, Madelyn, Desmond & Brendan. John “Jack” O’Connor's past accomplishments include President, Parish Council, and CYO Basketball Coach at St. Francis of Assisi in Manchester, NH, Member, founding faculty and Athletic Director, Basketball, Golf & Track Coach of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, President, NHIAA Basketball Coaches Association, Member, St. Anselm College Alumni Board, Member, St. Anselm College Red Key Honor Society.
John "Jack" O'Connor was nominated by Sean M. O'Connor, Patrick J. O'Connor, Michael F. O'Connor, Brendan D. O'Connor who said "John has had a significant and lasting impact on the development and expansion of Irish culture in the city of Manchester and throughout New Hampshire and is indeed a fine Irish American who is very proud of his heritage."
John "Jack" O'Connor was born and raised in Fitchburg, MA. He attended St. Bernard’s High School (Fitchburg) and was the Vice President of the Senior Class and the recipient of the prestigious “All Bernardian Award” in June 1953.
He arrived in Manchester for the first time shortly thereafter to attend St. Anselm College from which he would graduate in May of 1957. While at St. A’s he was a member of The Red Key Honor Society. Upon graduation from St. Anselm he embarked on a career in education throughout the state of New Hampshire. After starting at St. Patrick’s High School in Berlin he became a member of the founding faculty at St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover. At St. Thomas, he served as Athletics Director and Head Coach of the boys basketball, golf & track teams. During this time, he also served as the President of the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Association. He later taught and coached at New Boston High School as well.
The annual “Passing of the Sash” will take place at mass a St. Raphael on Saturday, March 7th, followed by its annual Irish Dinner. John will march in the parade on March 29th, along with his friends and family.
Grand Marshal candidates are nominated in the fall and are selected by a panel made up of the five previous Grand Marshals.
Thomas J. King Award
Former Manchester Alderman Mike Lopez has been named the Thomas J. King Award winner for 2014. The Thomas J. King Award is named in honor of the parade founder and former Manchester police chief. It recognizes an individual, who is not of Irish heritage or not of Catholic faith, who has contributed to the betterment of Manchester or greater Manchester.
Lopez is highly active in the Veteran’s community. He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years in postings around the globe. Lopez was the head of the Manchester Veteran’s Council for many years and has been involved as a member or officer in a variety of veteran’s organizations.
When a group of citizens, made up of both members and non-members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, conceived the idea of a St. Patrick’s Parade in Manchester in 1995, Lopez was involved in that planning effort. In fact, he played a crucial part in staging and managing the first few parades until Parade Committe members learned what it took to succeed at such an effort. The instant success and subsequent staying power of the Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade can be directly attributed to volunteers such as Mike Lopez.
Tickets are going fast! Help support the Manchester St. Patrick's Parade by purchasing raffle tickets! Tickets are $25 each and only 250 will be sold. The drawing takes place on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Please contact Erik Lesniak (603) 854-0292 for more information or to purchase.