New York, NY – Friday, November 06, 2015: The Board of the Parade is deeply concerned about misinformation being circulated and we want to assure everyone that, contrary to what has been circulated, there will be no changes to the Parade, its traditions or format.
The Board wants everyone to know we are committed to honoring “St. Patrick” as outlined in Article 1, Section 1 of the Bylaws of St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. Contrary to the misinformation circulated by some individuals, changes in this Article were NEVER up for discussion. Article 1 reads: “The purpose for which the corporation is formed shall be to organize and conduct a parade along Fifth Avenue in the City of New York on March 17 of each year to honor Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York, and to apply for and hold any permit, license, authorization or any other certification as may be necessary or convenient to the foregoing purpose”. We want it to be known that changes to this article will never be up for discussion!
Article 1 (to honor St. Patrick) was the purpose of the corporation when it was established in the 1990’s by then chairman Frank Beirne, Jim Barker, John Dunleavy, John Lahey and other great Hibernians, and this will continue!
We also want it to be known the Board is committed to its relationship with the AOH, as outlined in Article 2, Section 3 of the Bylaws. Contrary to the misinformation circulating in some circles, this was never up for negotiation. The AOH has a historical connection to the Parade spanning over 150 years, and this connection should and will continue to be recognized. The language in the current Bylaws reads: “In recognition of the relationship between the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc., there shall be two (2) Ancient Order of Hibernians members and one (1) Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians member on the Board of Directors. These individuals should be members of a New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians Divisions. They will be nominated and elected by the Board of Directors of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Inc.” This Article 2, Section 3 of the Bylaws was never up for discussion.
We are committed to the involvement of the affiliated organizations in the Parade: AOH, LAOH, Counties Organization, Emeralds Societies, Fraternal Societies, High Schools and Colleges. This has to be and is very much a part of the Parade and part of the Board’s strategy as we move the organization forward to be more compliant with current State and Federal governance guidelines concerning not-for-profit organizations.
We want to assure everyone that there will be no changes to the Parade, its traditions or format! We will start at 8:30am with the Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Parade at 11am. We want all our affiliated organizations involved so we all can celebrate together the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising and pay homage to the lives of the brave men and women of Ireland that gave their lives so Ireland could be free.
We thank everyone for your continued support and involvement with the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We look forward to having a wonderful celebration of the life of St Patrick in 2016 and honoring our heritage and culture in the greatest city in the world, New York City, as we have done for the past 254 years.