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Stamford Celebrates 20th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Event continues to grow each year

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 07, 2015 At 10:00 PM

Every year since 1996 the Stamford St. Patricks Day Parade has charmed the City with Irish Culture parading from Columbus Park to Main and Atlantic streets and ending at Latham Park. 

"It's about the culture," said Justin Bourne of the Ancient Order Hibernians. "If you're not Irish, you're Irish on St. Patty's day."

Saturday marked the parade's 20th anniversary. 

"It just get's bigger and better every year," said parade chairman Michael Feighan. 

This year's Grand Marshals Bill and Evon Malloy lead the procession of over 80 marching units, which included floats, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, local school bands, police and fire departments, and other participating community organizations. 

"We're excited," said Bill Malloy. "Excited to see all the participants in the parade and the kids watching."   

The Malloys picked Connecticut Renaissance Stamford as their charity of choice. Bill Malloy is the owner of Malloy Insurance Agency and the older brother of Connecticut governor and former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy.  

"It's a great honor to be representing the Irish community and the Stamford community and our family, the Malloy family."

"I'm looking forward to just being in the parade," said Evon Malloy. "It's a lot of fun, there's a lot of tradition here, there's a lot of Irishmen and it's a great day!" 

The parade's chairman says this year the procession included additional pipe bands. 

"Everybody loves the pipe music and we've added some community groups, there were a few more of the girl scouts, brownies, some of the athletic leagues."

"It's the first parade we're actually doing," said Bourne. 

"We've never done Stamford's St. Patrick's Day parade," said Joan Sansone, from the Connecticut Alumni.


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