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St. Patrick's Day Pre-Parade Brunch

Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 10 a.m.
Presidential Brunch with Joseph M. McShane, S.J.,
and guest speaker the Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley
The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Ave. (at 44th St.) | New York, N.Y.

Michael Griffin, assistant vice president for alumni relations, and the Office of Alumni Relations invite you to march with Fordham in the 252nd Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Also join Fordham at the Pre-Parade Brunch at the Yale Club of New York City. The Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley, professor emeritus of theology at Fordham, will be the guest speaker. The author of three books on New York Catholicism, Msgr. Shelley's areas of interest include the evolution of the modern papacy on modern European history, the Catholic Church in 19th-century France and Belgium, and the influence of Irish Catholicism on the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world.

*The Fordham University assembly point is 45th Street between Madison and Vanderbilt avenues.*

Please note: the dress code for the parade is comfortable business attire.

All Fordham participants need to wear Fordham sashes to march with Fordham University. Sashes will be distributed at both the brunch and at Fordham's assembly point.

The sash distributors will be wearing Fordham maroon, be identified by Fordham balloons, and be located along the perimeter of the assembly point.

Marchers will be required to abide by the official St. Patrick's Day Marching Rules and Dress Code:
  1. All units must have two (2) flags. Irish and American flags or no flags at all. No exceptions. An American flag on the right and an Irish flag on the left.
  2. A minimum of eight (8) abreast. Ten (10) if room is available. A unit with 250+ members MUST march 10 abreast.
  3. Two (2) marshals of each marching unit should bring up the rear.
  4. The only banners allowed are ones identifying the unit or "England Get Out of Ireland". Only one identifying banner for each unit. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  5. Green hats, sneaker, or other "odd ball" dress is not permitted.
  6. No animals or mascots.
  7. No eating, drinking or smoking in the Line of March.
  8. No displays of any kind will be permitted.
  9. Units should make sure they are in proper formation before approaching Fifth Avenue.
  10. After units get on Fifth Avenue, no stragglers should be allowed to join the unit. Unit marshals should be on the alert for this at each intersection. Please be vigilant.
  11. Leaders of organizations shall not delay the Parade by leaving their places for any purpose.
  12. Shirts with advertising are NOT an appropriate form of dress. No children's pull or push wagons permitted.
  13. Please remember, you are on Fifth Avenue for one hour once a year and you should march with pride in your heritage and dress accordingly, business dress code is required.
Alfred E. Smith IV is the great-grandson of the legendary Al Smith, Governor of New York, and serves as the director, secretary, and dinner chairman for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation. He is active in many community affairs and has received numerous honors from many organizations recognizing his lifelong endeavors on both sides of the Atlantic.

The New York City St. Patrick's Parade marched for the first time in 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The parade is regarded as the most popular of the all the parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York and Ireland. The New York parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The parade has many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world.

The occasion is televised live to millions of households nationwide for four hours by host station WNBC Channel Four. The broadcast is webcast live via the Internet through the parade's website at NYCStPatricksParade.Org and WNBC Channel Four website at

Register for the brunch and parade.
Register for the parade only.

For more information, contact Jake Braithwaite at 212-636-7501 or


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