STAMFORD—The Irish-American Cultural Society of Stamford (IACSOS) today announced plans to move forward with the scheduled, annual Grand Marshal’s Dinner on Friday, March 4, 2022, and the 27th annual Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
“The permits have been approved and plans are well underway to make this year’s event the very best ever,” said Parade Chairman Michael P. Feighan. “These past two years, dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, have been very challenging, but these events are beloved by the Stamford community and beyond. They are harbingers of spring and good things to come. They are a celebration of how people of Irish descent have positively impacted and continue impact this community. We are being optimistic, but if Omicron or some other variant presents a threat in late February, we will pivot to keep everyone safe. We have our fingers crossed,” he continued.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be Roger J. Fox who was born and raised in Stamford, has been a financial advisor Merrill Lynch for 47 years and has extensive community involvement as a volunteer leader, coach, and outstanding citizen. “At the Grand Marshal’s dinner, we will also posthumously honor past-parade chairman James P. Bartley,” said Feighan.
With participation from more than 80 community marching units, pipe bands, dancers, and school organizations, the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the city’s and the area’s premier spring event, and it is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Fairfield County. Best Things Connecticut has ranked the parade among the top ten events in the state for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and described it as “a truly authentic Irish experience.”
The Parade and its associated events are run by the IACSOS which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is completely funded by the private sector. The IACSOS receives no funding from the city of Stamford and relies heavily on sponsorships and the contributions of individuals and local businesses.
The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will take place Friday evening, March 4th (6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner) at Serafina at the IC, 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Grand Marshal’s Dinner tickets may be purchased for $130 through February 23rd. After that date, the ticket price will be $150.
The Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022 in downtown Stamford. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, purchasing dinner tickets, having your organization march in the parade, participating as a volunteer or if you have a media request or have any other questions, please contact Michael Feighan at (203) 614-9448 or by e-mail at StamfordSPDP@gmail.com. A parade map and more information is available at www.stamfordstpatricksdayparade.com.