The Stamford St. Patricks Day parade will take place this Saturday March 8th, 2014 at 12 noon, with over 80 marching units and pipe bands scheduled to appear.
The parade route begins on Main Street at Columbus Park, proceeds East on Main Street, before making a left onto Atlantic Street. From there it proceeds North on Atlantic Street and continues onto Bedford Street making a right on Walton Place where it will ends.
The Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has selected Joseph J. Tooher, Jr., to serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
On his role as Grand Marshal, Joe remarked, “I was greatly honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Stamford, as most communities, celebrates this tradition which pays tribute to the significant role the Irish, along with other ethnic groups, have played in Stamford and this country.”
Tooher is a Stamford native and a graduate of Stamford High, Class of ’48; The University of Connecticut and University of Connecticut Law School. Tooher has over fifty years of involvement in politics: as chairman of the Democratic party in 1963, through numerous mayoral and senatorial campaigns. His community involvement has included the State Judiciary committee, co-founding of the Southern Fairfield Chapter of UConn and numerous other distinctions.
The Parade is funded completely by the private sector and relies on the generosity of local businesses and individuals. In addition to supporting the Grand Marshal’s charity of choice, proceeds help offset the expenses of the Parade. This year’s Grand Marshal, Joe Tooher, chose as his charity the State Street Debating Society Scholarship Fund, which awards one college scholarship per year to a student of AITE, Trinity Catholic, Stamford High or Westhill High School.