Categories: New Haven, Popular Culture
St. Patrick’s Day – Today in History: March 17
On March 17, 1842, the New Haven Hibernian Provident Society, founded in 1841, sponsored the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in New Haven. A small event, the parade featured just one marching unit of about 90 members, a banner, and a band—the New Haven Blues, a militia company. Although the parade has not been held continuously since its inception, the community revived the tradition in 1956, and it is the sixth oldest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the country.