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.
NEW! The 2013 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Lineup is posted. View the 2013 Line of March in PDF format.
View additional 2013 parade information at NYCStPatricksParade.org
The 2011 parade featured approximately 145 bands, including more than 50 high school marching bands, 50 bagpipe bands, NYPD and FDNY bands, military bands and college bands.
Bands are judged and trophies are awarded in two classes based on band size (100 members or more, less than 100 members). Professional judges are provided by the
Eastern Marching Band Association (EMBA) and judging takes place at two points along the parade route: near 64th Street in the NBC Television zone and also at St.
Patrick's Cathedral. Trophies and participation awards are sent to each band after the parade ... due to the large number of entries it takes a day to compile the results.
The parade committee is continuously looking to invite new high school marching bands from across the United States.
The 2012 parade featured marching bands from California to Florida, the Carolinas, the Northeast and all points in
between. Band sizes range from 60 members to more than 300 members. Band applications for the 2014 parade will be processed
on a rolling basis, and the committee will extend invitations throughout the year until the 2014 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 NYCStPatricksParade.org and NBC 4's website at nbcnewyork.com.
Nearly 50 high school marching bands will be among the 130 bands participating in the 2013 parade:
All City H.S. Band, New York, NY
Aquinas H.S. Band, Bronx, NY
Archbishop Stepinac H.S. Band, White Plains, NY
Bishop Hendrickson H.S. Band, Warwick, RI
Bishop Kearney H.S. Band, Brooklyn, NY
Bishop Molloy H.S. Pipe and Drums, New York, NY
Brentwood H.S. Green Machine Band, Brentwood, NY
Brick Township H.S. Band, Brick, NJ
Cairo-Durham H.S. Marching Mustang Band, Cairo, NY
Cardinal Hayes H.S. Band, New York, NY
Cardinal Spellman H.S. Band, Bronx, NY
Cohoes H.S. Band, Cohoes, NY
Copiague H.S. Band, Copiague, NY
Danvers H.S. Band, Danvers, MA
Dover Plains H.S. Band, Dover Plains, NY
Emerson H.S. Band, Emerson, NJ
Great Ridge H.S. Band, Chesapeake, VA
Harrison H.S. Band, Harrison, NY
Houston County H.S. Band, Warner Robins, GA
Jackson Memorial H.S. Band, Jackson, NJ
Linganore H.S. Band, Frederick, MD
Mahopac H.S. Band, Mahopac, NY
Middletown H.S. Band, Middletown, NJ
Mother Cabrini H.S. Band, New York, NY
Msgr. Farrell H.S. Band, Staten Island, NY
Neptune H.S. Marching Band, Neptune, NJ
New Utrecht H.S. Band, Brooklyn, NY
Newtown H.S. Band, Newtown, CT
North Babylon H.S. Band, Long Island, NY
Ossining H.S. Band, Ossining, NY
Park Ridge H.S. Band, Park Ridge, NJ
Pomperaug H.S. Band, Southbury, CT
Port Richmond H.S. Band, Staten Island, NY
Robert Moses Junior H.S. Band, North Babylon, NY
Salesian H.S. Band, New Rochelle, NY
Seaford H.S. Marching Band, Seaford, NY
Sequoyah H.S. Band, Canton, GA
St. Raymond School Band, East Rockaway, NY
Stratford H.S. Band, Stratford, CT
Tomah H.S. Band, Tomah, WI
Vernon Township H.S. Band, Vernon, NJ
Wauwatosa H.S. Band, Wauwatosa, WI
West Milford H.S. Band, Milford, NJ
Whippany Park H.S. Band, Whippany, NJ
Woodbury H.S. Band, Woodbury, MN
Xavier H.S. "Blue Knights" Cadet Band, New York, NY
For the complete 2013 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade lineup and order of appearance, view the 2013 Line of March
in PDF format.
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