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Stamford Celebrates 19th St. Patricks Day Parade

Over 80 organizations march to support Irish culture

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 08, 2014 At 07:22 PM

"This is my second year as chairman and last year we had 50 degrees and sunny and this year we have 50 degrees and sunny," said parade chairman Michael Feighan. "I thank the good Lord. The Lord smiles on the Irish."  

Over 80 local organizations, bands and schools marched from Columbus Park to Bedford Street to celebrate Stamford's 19th annual St. Patricks Day parade on Saturday. 

This year's parade honored Grand Marshal Joseph Tooher Jr., a Stamford native, veteran, politician and active member of the community.

"We're all Americans," said Grand Marshal, Joseph Tooher. "But most of us came from the other side, we're immigrants, all of us, and this restores our roots." 

Stamford's St. Patricks Day parade is the second largest in the city. It's funded by private organizations, local businesses and individuals.

The parade, in turn, gives back to the grand marshal's charity of choice. This year's charity is the State Street Debating Society Fund, which awards one college scholarship per year to a student of AITE, Trinity Catholic, Stamford High or Westhill High School.

"We had about a 30 percent increase in the number of organizations this year," said Feighan. 

"Couldn't ask for a better day, after the month we had after the winter we had, God's shinning down on us today," said Adie Fox of the County Tyrone Pipe Band. 

"Irish dance is my passion," said Anam Cara Irish Dance School student Chirstina Drago. "We work really hard, we compete." 

"St. Patrick, and Ireland means an aweful lot.  My ancestry, my father was very very proud, my grandfather [also], so I'm trying to instill that tradition in the community and in my children as well."  said Feighan.  "Next year we want everybody back because it will be a big blowout for the 20th [anniversary of the parade]."

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