Sean Lane

NEW YORK, NY, May 15, 2018 – The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Board of Directors has elected Sean Lane, who has played a critical role raising funds for the parade, as Chairman, effective July 1, 2018.  Ryan Hanlon was elected Vice Chairman.

Lane is Vice Chair and co-founder of the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation which has become the largest single source of financial support for the parade.  The Foundation also provides scholarships and supports the efforts of the Parade’s Affiliate Organizations in recruiting new members.

“In Sean Lane and Ryan Hanlon, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has found two leaders dedicated to our hallowed traditions of honoring St. Patrick and uniting Irish-Americans promoting Irish values and culture,” said outgoing Parade Board Chairman John Lahey.  “This new leadership will help assure the financial stability which will allow us to continue these traditions and keep our beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching into the future.”

“I am very grateful to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board for this enormous honor and responsibility.  The primary duties of the Chairman are to serve the parade community; to provide strategic leadership and to help ensure the future of the parade while remaining faithful to our mission of celebrating Irish faith, heritage and culture,” Lane said.

“Thanks to John Lahey and the Parade Board and to the generous support of donors to the Parade Foundation, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has the biggest surplus ever.

“This surplus has enabled us to revive the parade scholarship program, increasing the number of scholarships from six to nine, including three scholarships in Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s name to highlight the importance of catholic education. We want to greatly expand this program as we move forward.”

Lane was born in New York City and raised in Galway.  He was awarded an honors Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and a B.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He holds a Certificate in Advanced Financial Planning from New York University, and has earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations. He is a member of the CFA Institute, The New York Society of Securities Analysts, and the Financial Planners Association.

Lane returned to New York in 1993 and worked as a bartender until he secured a job in the financial services industry.  He is now a Senior Vice President for a major Wall Street firm.

Lane is an honorary member of the 69th Infantry Regiment, the Fighting 69th, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Regimental Trust.  He also serves on the U.S. Board of the Irish National Theatre, the Galway University Foundation, and the Leadership Circle for the Northwell Health Department of Medicine.

Lane and his wife, Cielo, have two children, Sarah, 14, a lector at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Garden City, and Ryan, 12, an altar-server at St. Joseph’s.  The family lives in Garden City.

Vice Chairman Ryan Hanlon

Ryan Hanlon

“I am honored to have been selected by my fellow directors to serve as the Vice Chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors.  I look forward to continuing my service to the Parade and to the traditions it represents,” Ryan Hanlon said.

Hanlon, an attorney, is Managing Director at Republic Properties in Ridgewood, NJ.  Born in Boston and raised in Waldwick, NJ, he graduated Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School.  

The son-in-law of the late John Fitzsimons, the Parade Board’s long-time Vice Chairman and Vice Chairman Emeritus, has been marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 10 years, often with the United Irish Counties, and has been serving on the Parade Board of Directors for three years.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Ho-ho-kus, NJ, with their children Jack, 4, and Eleanor, 1.


Strong Financial Position

John Lahey reported to the Board that the Parade is in the strongest financial condition he has experienced in his 30 years of service.  Independent auditors have provided a “clean audit” of the consolidated finances of the Parade Board and the Parade Foundation, Lahey said, and all federal and state reporting requirements are on schedule.

The largest single liability, legal fees, has been reduced to $200,000 and payments are ongoing, Lahey said.

From: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.

Contact: Pat Smith / 212-843-8026 /

Julie Robinson / 212-843-9341 /


For Immediate Release



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