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New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Brunch
Join in Fordham's proud tradition

Monday, March 17, 2014
10 a.m. Brunch | Noon Parade
PricewaterhouseCoopers | 300 Madison Ave. (at 42nd Street)
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 253nd Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. In 2013, Fordham was awarded First Place among University Marching formations. Join us to defend that title.

A Pre-Parade Brunch will be graciously hosted by our alumni partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Register for the Brunch and Parade
Register for the parade only.

*The Fordham University assembly point is 45th Street between 5th and 6th 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, sneakers, 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.

Jack Ahern was born in Brooklyn to Jack and Margaret Ahern from County Cork. He is the oldest of four children and is very proud of his Irish heritage. Jack was educated at Holy Cross elementary school, Nazareth High School and Brooklyn College. John (Jack) T. Ahern is the elected business manager and financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 30, a position he has held since 1999. Jack began his service with IUOE Local 30 in 1974 as an apprentice, and rose steadily within the New York based mechanical and engineering workers' union. As the leader of the IUOE Local 30, Jack has successfully negotiated hundreds of strong wage and benefit contracts on behalf of the 4,500 plus Local 30 members. Jack serves as chairman of the trustees for the International Union of Operating Engineers, and as trustee of the IUOE Northeastern Conference. In addition, Jack serves as vice chairperson to the NYC Municipal Labor Committee, executive board member of the New York Building Congress, and is a member of the board of trustees for Molloy College.

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 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 Parade 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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