The Parade mourns the loss of Joe Haneman A.K.A. Mr. Parade.
Joseph Haneman passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at his residence in Florida. Joe was the Chairman of bands for the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for over 30 years. Joe had a long career in music and served as the music director at Cathedral High School as well as director of bands at several other schools in the New York area.

Mr. Parade Joe Haneman

Joe was known as “Mr. Parade” because of his involvement in several parades in the New York area and in other parts of the United States. He was not only involved in the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade but was also involved in the Greek Day Parade, the Salute to Israel Day Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Day Parade and the Veterans Day Parade to name but a few. Joe joined the New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over 30 years ago when then Parade Chairman, Frank Beirne, asked him to take over the band operational aspects of the Parade, as a result, Joe never missed a parade for the past 30 years. Joe Haneman was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Joe Haneman retired to Florida with his wife Joan 10 years ago and his loss is mourned by Joan, his two sons Michael and James, as well as the entire St. Patrick’s Day Parade community. 

“Joe will be sadly missed at the Parade this coming March 17th and we thank his family for sharing Joe with the Parade for the past 30 years”, said Sean Lane, Parade Chairman.

“Joe Haneman was a presence on Fifth Avenue greeting all the band directors he knew from across the country”, said Hilary Beirne, Chairman of the St Patrick’s Day Foundation. “We thank Joe for his years of loyalty and service to the greatest Parade in the world, may he rest in peace” 

A memorial mass for Joseph Haneman will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC, on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 4 pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate Joe’s life with his friends, colleagues, and family.

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