Grand Marshal John (Jack) T. Ahern
Business Manager and Financial Secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30
The New York City Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762 – fourteen Years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted and today it is the largest Parade in the World.
This Annual New York City Parade has been held for the past 252 years in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York.
The Parade is reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral by His Eminence Cardinal Edward Eagan, Archbishop of New York in the same manner as the Archbishop of New York did in the early days of the Parade at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan when the Parade was held in Lower Manhattan before the new St Patrick’s was built on Fifth Avenue.