Stamford Parade donates to local charities

STAMFORD—The Irish American Cultural Society of Stamford has given donations in honor of Polly O’Brien Morrow’s service as the 2019 Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal to two local charities: Stamford’s Building One Community (The Center for Immigrant Opportunity) and the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. Parade sponsorships and Grand Marshal Dinner ticket sales cover all parade expenses and enable the parade to make donations to the Grand Marshal’s charities of choice.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Gerry Sweeney, president, Rain Carbon, Inc., a long-time parade supporter with a proud connection to Ireland. In honor of its 25th anniversary, this year the parade will also honor Stamford natives Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill (posthumously) and Peter Kinahan, an outstanding educator at Stamford’s Julia A. Stark Elementary School.

The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will take place on Friday, March 6 at 6 pm at the Knights of Columbus, Stamford. The 25th annual Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off in downtown Stamford on Saturday, March 7 at 2 pm. For information on dinner tickets and sponsorship opportunities call Michael Feighan at 203.614.9448 or email him at

The Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Fairfield County. This year’s parade will consist of nearly 80 separate organizations, with about 2,000 marchers including bag pipers, Irish step dancers, fire and police companies, and youth, school and sports groups.

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