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New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade

New York, NY

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
11:00 AM

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If you're interested in entering your band in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, please request an application from Bands and Music Director Arancha Marino at the contact info above.
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New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade logo IMPORTANT POSTPONEMENT NOTICE (March 12, 2020): The board of the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade announces with a heavy heart, that at the direction of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, the 2020 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) activity in our region.

The health and safety of the Parade's marchers which includes many members of our armed forces, first responders, schools and colleges, as well as spectators, volunteers, and staff is paramount.

We want to thank the Governor for his leadership and concern for our community's safety.

We look forward to working with the Mayor and his staff to celebrate our Irish heritage and legacy in the greatest City in the world, New York City, at a later date.

Held on the streets of New York since 1762, the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is billed as the oldest and largest parade in the Western Hemisphere. The event is a true spectacle, with more than 150,000 participants marching in the parade and more than 2 million spectators lining the streets of 5th Avenue.

A unique aspect of the parade is that all participants are on foot ... everyone marches, including civic groups, dignitaries and of course the bands. There are no floats, no motorized vehicles, no balloons. For this reason the committee says marching bands are the most important part of the parade because they set the pace and provide a cadence for the march.

The 2018 parade lineup featured 148 bands, including 72 high school and college marching bands from 14 states, plus bagpipe bands, NYPD and FDNY bands, international bands and military bands.

The parade committee is continuously looking to invite new high school marching bands from across the United States. Band sizes range from 60 members to more than 300 members. Band applications for the 2020 parade will be processed on a rolling basis, and the committee will extend invitations throughout the year until the lineup is full.

The parade is televised live in a four-hour broadcast produced by host station NBC 4 New York (WNBC). The parade can also be viewed live online through a webcast on the parade's website at and NBC 4's website at

2018 High School and College Band Participants

New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Photos Seventy-two high school and college marching bands from 14 states were among the 148 bands scheduled to participate in the 2018 parade:

Ambridge Area H.S. Band, Ambridge, PA
Amityville H.S. Band, Amityville, NY
Aquinas H.S. Band, Bronx, NY
Archbishop Molloy H.S. Pipes and Drums, Briarwood, NY
Arab H.S. Band, Arab, AL
Bishop Hendricken H.S. Band, Warwick, RI
Bishop Kearney H.S. Band, Brooklyn, NY
Brentwood H.S. Green Machine Marching Band, Brentwood, NY
Brewster H.S. Band, Brewster, NY
Brick Township H.S. Band, Brick NJ
Cairo-Durham H.S. Marching Mustang Band, NY
Cardinal Hayes H.S. Band, New York, NY
Cardinal Spellman H.S. Band, Bronx, NY
Cathedral H.S. Band, New York, NY
Christian Brothers Academy Regimental Marching Band, Albany, NY
Clark County H.S. Band, Kahoka, MO
Cohoes H.S. Band, Cohoes, NY
Connetquot H.S. Band, Bohemia, NY
Dobyns-Bennett H.S. Band, Kingsport, TN
Dover Plains H.S. Band, Dover Plains, NY
Eastport-South Manor H.S. Band, Manorville, NY
Gibson County H.S. Band, Dyer, TN
Harrison H.S. Band, Harrison, NY
Hauppauge H.S. Marching Band, Hauppauge, NY
Helena H.S. Band, Helena, AL
Iona College Pipe & Drum Band, New Rochelle, NY
Jackson Liberty H.S. Band, Jackson, NJ
Jackson Memorial H.S. Band, Jackson, NJ
Johns Creek H.S. Band, Johns Creek, GA
Kelly H.S. Band, Chicago, IL
La Salle Academy Drum Line, New York, NY
Lyman H.S. Marching Band and Diamonds, Longwood, FL
Manhattan College Pipe & Drum Band, NY
Marching Cougars Drum Line, Greenburgh, NY
Maritime College Band, S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, Ft. Schuyler, NY
Marysville H.S. Band, Marysville, OH
Middletown H.S. Band, Middletown, NJ
Mount St. Mary Academy Marching Band, Kenmore, NY
Neptune H.S. Marching Band, Neptune, NJ
New Milford H.S. Band, New Milford, NJ
New Utrecht H.S. Band, Brooklyn, NY
New York All-City Marching Band, New York, NY
New York University (NYU) Pipes and Drums, New York, NY
North Babylon H.S. Band, North Babylon, NY
North Stafford H.S. Band, Stafford, VA
Norwich University Regimental Band, Northfield, VT
Onteora H.S. Band, Boiceville, NY
Ossining H.S. Band, Ossining, NY
Park Ridge H.S. Band, Park Ridge, NJ
Pelham H.S. Marching Band, Pelham, AL
Pomperaug H.S. Band, Southbury, CT
Port Richmond H.S. Band, Staten Island, NY
Portsmouth H.S. Band, Portsmouth, RI
Preble H.S. Band, Green Bay, WI
Randolph-Macon Academy Band, Front Royal, VA
Robert Moses Junior H.S. Band, North Babylon, NY
Seaford H.S. Marching Band, Seaford, NY
Sewanhaka H.S. Band, Elmont, NY
Sequoyah H.S. Band, Canton, GA
St. Anthony's H.S. Pipe and Drum Band, Melville, NY
St. Joseph by-the-Sea Band, Staten Island, NY
St. Raymond School Band, East Rockaway, NY
Stratford H.S. Band, Stratford, CT
United States Merchant Marine Academy Color Guard and Regimental Band, Kings Point, NY
Valley Forge Military Academy & College Regimental Band, Wayne, PA
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Regimental Band and Pipe Band, Lexington, VA
Virginia Tech Highty-Tighties Regimental Band, Blacksburg, VA
Vernon Township H.S. Band, Vernon, NJ
West Milford H.S. Band, Milford, NJ
Whippany Park H.S. Band, Whippany, NJ
Xaverian H.S. Pipe Band, Brooklyn, NY
Xavier H.S. "Blue Knights" Cadet Band, New York, NY

For the complete lineup and order of appearance, view the 2018 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Lineup in PDF format.

Related Events

Bands often take advantage of additional performance and educational opportunities during their visit to New York City. Some of the activities that bands have included on their itineraries are:
• Attending a Broadway show at one of the many theatres in New York City
• Attending a performance at a legendary music venue such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall or Lincoln Center

Future Dates

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
(Typically held March 17, but moved to March 16 when the date falls on Sunday.)

For More Information


Email: Arancha Marino, Bands and Music Director

If you're interested in entering your band in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, please request an application from Bands and Music Director Arancha Marino at the contact info above.