From: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.

Contact: Pat Smith / 212-843-8026 /

For Immediate Release


Bronx State Supreme Court Judge Robert Johnson has denied all of John Dunleavy’s motions to set aside all of the actions of the  New York City St. Patrick’s Day Board of Directors since its June 30, 2015, meeting, dealing a major setback to a costly and divisive lawsuit.

The June 7th ruling by Judge Johnson means all Board actions taken since John Lahey was elected Chairman on June 30, 2015, including allowing LGBT groups to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and reforming the board’s bylaws, stand.

“Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate entitlement to injunctive relief,” the ruling says, noting, “the plaintiff is required to demonstrate the likelihood of ultimate success on the merits of his claim.”    

As he announced one year ago, Lahey is stepping down as Chairman effective June 30, 2018.  Sean Lane, who has played a critical role raising funds for the parade, was elected Chairman, effective July 1, 2018.  Ryan Hanlon was elected Vice Chairman.

“The dedicated members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors are very proud of what we’ve accomplished under John Lahey’s leadership,” Lane said.

“We have made the parade more inclusive and ended a threat to the very survival of the parade.  We have reformed our bylaws to bring them into compliance with state and federal regulations. We have put the parade on a sound financial footing.

“We look forward to working with all the Affiliated Organizations, and all Irish-Americans, to expanding our scholarships and other programs which commemorate our faith, our values and our Irish culture.

“We look forward to a time when our resources go to scholarships and other programs, and not to legal bills.”