2017 St. Patrick's Day Brunch and Parade

           
 
Friday, March 17, 2017
10 a.m. Brunch | 12:30 p.m. Parade
Brunch: The Yale Club of New York City | 50 Vanderbilt Avenue | New York, NY
Parade lineup location: W. 45th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
 
Please note: Attendees are welcome to join us for the parade AND/OR brunch. If you join us for brunch we will walk over to the parade location together. If you join us for the parade only, please meet us at our lineup location at noon. 

Brunch Information:  
 
A Pre-Parade Brunch will be hosted at 10 a.m. at the Yale Club. The cost  is $35 for adults and $20 for children.

During this brunch, we will hear from special guest speaker, Peter Quinn, GSAS '75 and Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of Fordham University.
 
Peter Quinn's novel Banished Children of Eve won the 1995 American Book Award. He co-wrote the script for the documentary, "McSorley's New York," which earned an Emmy. Looking for Jimmy, In Search of Irish America was published in 2007. Colum McCann has called his trilogy of historic detective novels - Hour of the Cot, The Man Who Never Returned, and Dry Bones - as "generous and agile and profound." Chief speechwriter for Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, Quinn retired in 2008 as Corporate Editorial Director of Time Warner. Along with his book writing, Quinn was the editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society from 1986 to 1993. He has published articles and reviews in The New York Times, Commonweal, America, American Heritage, The Catholic Historical Review, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The L.A. Times, Eiré-Ireland, and in numerous other newspapers and journals. Quinn was the 2015 winner of NYU Glucksman Ireland House’s Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters. The Irish American Cultural Institute honored him with its 2016 Annie Moore Award. He received an M.A. from Fordham University and a Ph.D., honoris causa, from Manhattan College.
 
Please note that registration is required for both the brunch and the parade. However, the brunch requires payment, and the parade is free.



Parade Information:
 
Michael Griffin, associate vice president for alumni relations, and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to march with Fordham in the 256th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Fordham University's line up location is on W. 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Please look for our Fordham balloons, which will be set up by 12:30 p.m.  
 
Please RSVP so we have enough supplies for all marchers.

Parade Rules and Dress Code:

Please note: The dress code for the parade is comfortable business attire. All Fordham participants must wear Fordham sashes to march with Fordham University. Sashes will be distributed at both the brunch and at Fordham's lineup location. The sash distributors will be wearing Fordham maroon and will be located along the perimeter of the assembly point.  Marchers are required to abide by the official St. Patrick's Day Marching Rules and Dress Code:

1. All units must have two flags. Irish and American flags or no flags at all. No exceptions. An American flag on the right and an Irish flag on the left.

2. A minimum of eight abreast. Ten if room is available. A unit with 250+ members MUST march 10 abreast. 

3. Two marshals of each marching unit should bring up the rear.

4. The only banners allowed are ones identifying the unit or "England Get Out of Ireland". Only one identifying banner for each unit. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

5. Green hats, sneakers, or other "odd ball" dress is not permitted.

6. No animals or mascots.

7. No eating, drinking, or smoking in the Line of March.

8. No displays of any kind will be permitted.

9. Units should make sure they are in proper formation before approaching Fifth Avenue.

10. After units get on Fifth avenue, no stragglers should be allowed to join the unit. Unit marshals should be on the alert for this at each intersection. Please be vigilant. 

11. Leaders of organizations shall not delay the Parade by leaving their places for any purpose.

12. Shirts with advertising are NOT an appropriate form of dress. No children's pull or push wagons permitted.

13. Please remember, you are on Fifth Avenue for one hour once a year and you should march with pride in your heritage and dress accordingly. Business dress code is required. 

Can't March?
The Parade is televised live to millions of households nationwide for four hours by host station WNBC Channel Four. The broadcast is webcast live via the Internet through the parade's website at NYCStPatricksParade.Org and WNBC Channel Four website at wnbc.com.

Questions? Contact:
Shannon Hirrel
212-636-7501
hirrel@fordham.edu