Welcome to the St. Patrick's Parade Website
The 2017 Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
It will step off at noon on Elm Street in Manchester, RAIN OR SHINE, and proceed from Salmon to Central Street.
Many people wonder why the parade is not held on the actual day that others celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The answer is quite simple. It is vary hard to compete with the likes of Boston and New York when it comes to attracting quality bands, marching units and floats on the actual day. Besides...St. Patrick's Day is a period of time, not a day, so why not streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch it out a little!!
Special Guests at the Parade
We will have the Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet and his wife Amelia in attendance at the Parade this year. They are the guests of the Londonderry Lancers Marching Band and Color Guard.
Londonderry will be participating in the Rose Parade in Pasadena California on January 1, 2018.
Also in attendance will be Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan, Mayor Ted Gatsas and many other notable politicians.
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Meet 2017 Grand Marshal Al Heidenreich
AOH member Alan “Al” Heidenreich has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Manchester Saint Patrick's Parade. He was nominated by AOH member Dick Phelan. The committee consisting of the 5 most recent Past Grand Marshals unanimously selected Al for Grand Marshal.
Al was born and raised in the city of Manchester. Al was born to Ernest H. Heidenreich and Alberta Eileen Sullivan. Al attended St. Raphael School and graduated from West High School after which he studied at St. Anselm College.
Al joined the US Army, serving his country from 1951-1954, serving with the Military police in the Army of occupation, West German zone. Al spent his working life in automotive sales and leasing here in the city of Manchester.
He has been involved in his community throughout the years. He was a Scoutmaster, Little League coach and volunteered for every job that comes along with raising a family. Al and his wife Barbara have been volunteer ushers at the Palace Theatre for 25 years
Al is an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Rev. William Sheehan Division 1 in Manchester, NH and a past vice-president. He was instrumental in reviving the annual Communion Breakfast at St. Raphael Parish held on a Sunday in the month of October.
Al also volunteers with his AOH brothers regularly at New Horizons in Manchester, serving dinner to those less fortunate than himself and works at promoting the Gail Singer Blood Drive annually for the AOH members.
Al is the Founder West High School Alumni Association as well as the founder West High School Booster Club. He was inducted into the Manchester High School West Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Spirit of Manchester Award in 2003.
He remains very active in the community, working with senior citizens at the William Cashin Senior Center on the city's west side. Al is the founder and leader of the singing group "Forever Young" and they have been entertaining the senior citizens at nursing homes as well as veterans regularly for the last 6 years.
Al has his own television show on Manchester Cable Access TV, "In My Opinion" where he has been a vocal advocate for senior citizens, veterans and the Irish culture.
Al is a Past Commander at American Legion, Sweeney Post #2 and for many years has been an active member of the Color Guard for Sweeney Post. Al is also very active in all of the local Veteran's projects in the community.
Additionally, he is a member VFW Post 8214, NH Korean War Veterans Assn #320 and a Life member of the NH Veterans Association.
Al and his wife Barbara recently celebrated 60 years of marriage and are looking forward to many more. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Al is a very busy man in the city of Manchester but always has time to help make the community a better place to live and always willing to promote his Irish heritage, even with a surname of German descent!
Manchester, NH – For the 22nd year in a row, the Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade will step off at noon on Sunday, March 26. Upwards of 50,000 people are expected to line the one-mile course along Elm Street, from Salmon to Central Streets, to cheer for bagpipe bands, military units, high school bands and marching units of all types.
The parade planning committee is back at work to produce an over-the-top spectacle once again with sights and sounds to delight audiences of all ages on March 25th, 2018.
Passing of the Sash 2017
Manchester Gives Back
Help your local food pantries by donating canned goods and non-perishable food items. Look for the New Horizon vehicle in the parade. Any donation, even if it’s just one can, is greatly appreciated!
The parade committee would like to recognize our brothers and sisters in the Greek community as they celebrate Greek Independence Day on March 25.
Important Information for Parade Day
Photos from the 2016 Shamrock Painting on Elm Street
A spcial thanks to our sponsors who helped us paint!
Tom King (Grand Marshal Emeritus)