New York, NY, February 24, 2017 – The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a growing list of sponsors for the live parade broadcast Friday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on WNBC-TV 4, the Parade Board of Directors reported today.

Joining the list of sponsors for the first time are:

  • Northwell Health, the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce of more than 61,000 employees – the state’s largest private employer;
  • Saint Leo University, a Catholic, liberal arts-based university serving people of all faiths, with 15,000 students on campuses in the Tampa area and throughout Florida.

Long-time returning sponsors include

  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Empire City Casino
  • Guinness
  • Heineken 
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Iona College
  • Fordham University
  • Manhattan College
  • CIE Tours.

So, far, almost 400 groups have signed up to march in what promises to be one of the largest parades ever.

Groups include the New York City Firefighters Stair Climb Team, Bag de Lorient from Brittany in France, the Irish Defense Forces 28th Infantry and Fordham Prep marching for the first time.

More than 90 percent of the traditional Affiliated Organizations, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the United Irish Counties and the Grand Council of United Emerald Societies, have signed up to march, with more expected in the next week.

The 256th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off from 44th Street and Fifth Avenue at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 17, and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street.  In addition to the WNBC-TV 4 broadcast, the parade is live-streamed at www.nycstpatricksparade.org.

For further information about the Parade, please visit NYCStPatricksParade.Org or contact the Parade office at PO Box 295 Woodlawn Station, Bronx,, NY 10470, Telephone    718-231-4400.

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