The Glen Cove Saint Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 1 pm. Founded in 1989 the parade is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Long Island. It takes place each year on the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day and is a joyous first sign of Spring for Long Islanders and visitors. Three generations old, the Parade this year is celebrating the young people who are following in the footsteps of those who started this great tradition.
Note that this year’s parade takes place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 1 pm! This is because when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fith Avene traditionally moves to Saturday, March 16. Since the Glen Cove parade always takes place on the Sunday following the NYC parade, we have the good fortune of having our parade fall on St. Patrick’s Day itself during such years!
New this year:
- The 2024 Parade will return to its traditional route – ending outside the Church of St. Patrick, at Glen Street and Pearsall Avenue.
- The Parade Reviewing Stand will return to its former position in the block before the end of the Parade route.
- The after-Parade Party will return to St. Patrick’s Parish Hall at the end of the Parade route.
- In addition to Glen Cove’s downtown municipal parking garages, parking will be available at St. Patrick’s lot and the shuttle bus will circulate through those areas, the formation and spectator areas.
The Grand Marshal of the 2024 parade is Christine Rice the Executive Director of the Glen Cove Senior Center, Glen Cove, NY and Chairwoman of NOSH Delivers, Inc., Glen Cove, NY. The Aide to the Grand Marshal is dedicated local Hibernian, Patricia Victoria.
After payment of the Parade’s expenses, all surplus funds raised through our fundraising efforts are donated to charity. Grand Marshal Christine Rice has chosen as our main target thos year The Glen Cove SAGE Foundation. SAGE (Senior Activity Generational Endowment), assists the Glen Cove Senior Center in its mission to pursue and provide the highest quality of programs and services for the senior citizens of Glen Cove and surrounding communities. Through fundraising, grant writing, outreach and advocacy, the Foundation supports the Center’s ongoing efforts and new initiatives in addressing the physical, social and emotional needs of area senior citizens sixty years of age and older.
The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School at Forest Avenue and Dosoris Lane in Glen Cove. It steps off at 1 pm and proceeds through the streets of downtown Glen Cove. There is ample parking at Glen Cove’s municipal parking garages and elsewhere and shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the formation area.
The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including bands of Irish pipers and other musicians, along with vintage cars, costumed performers, fire and police units, and much more. The parade is a true community celebration with marching groups from the Irish and the many other ethnic groupings who live in the area taking part. Come, join the fun!
The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade receives NO public or municipal financial support. It depends solely on tax-deductible corporate sponsorship and individual donations to the Glen Cove Parade Committee Inc. Please visit glencoveparade.com to review tax-deductible support opportunities.
For more information, please visit the parade website at www.glencoveparade.com, call or text 516-782-7494, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Glen Cove Parade Committee, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable corporation, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Past and Present Grand Marshals
It is our custom each year to honor a person as “Grand Marshal” of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and one or more additional individuals as “Aides to the Grand Marshal’:
1989 John F. Sweeney Postmaster, City of Glen Cove
1990 P.O. Stephen McDonald Hero Police Officer
1991 Hon. Denis Dillon District Attorney, Nassau Co.
1992 Sr. Janet A. Fitzgerald President, Molloy College
1993 Joseph V. Buckley Restaurateur
1994 Rep. Peter King Congressional Representative
1995 Jack Ryan President, SEIU Local 74
1996 William V. Whelan President, Emerald Society, FDNY
1997 Brian Fitzpatrick Councilman, City of Glen Cove
1998 Michael McCormick National Historian, AOH
1999 Jack Irwin Governor’s Assistant for Irish Affairs
2000 Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi Mayor, City of Glen Cove; Nassau County Executive
2001 Patrick J. Lynch President, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
2002 Mary Gilroy-Doohan, M.D. Director, Emergency Services NSUH Glen Cove
2003 Tony Jackson Irish radio personality WRHU-FM Radio, Hofstra Univesity
2004 Mary Ann Holzkamp Mayor, City of Glen Cove
2005 James McCabe Hibernian Activist
2006 The “Fighting 69th”
2007 Jack McDougal Police Sergeant
2008 John W.C. Canning Attorney and Public Servant
2009 Robert P. Lynch Attorney and Educator
2010 Thomas J. Lilly Attorney and Pro-Life Activist
2011 Andrew Stafford Former Parade Chairman
2012 Maureen Basdavanos Glen Cove Deputy Mayor
2013 Daniel Lane Irish Activist
2014 John O’Connell Journalist.
2015 Fr. Elias Carr, Headmaster, All Saints Regional Catholic School
2016 Paul Long, First Responder and Veterans’ Advocate
2017 Julie Albin and Christopher Albin community activists
2018 William “Bill” Doherty, Parade Founder
2019 Patrick “Patsy” Furlong, ASR school staff member
2020 – Parade canceled due to Covid crisis
2021 – Parade canceled due to Covid crisis
2022 Gerard “Gerry” Herbert, Glen Cove business owner
2023 Ryan W. Doherty, acclaimed leader in law enforcement and the Irish community