St. Patrick’s Day – Today in History: March 17
March 17, 2023 • Popular Culture, New Haven
1956 St. Patrick’s Day parade

1956 St. Patrick’s Day parade, New Haven - New Haven St Patrick's Day Parade

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.

Learn More


“Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” 2014. Link.
“The Connecticut Irish American Historical Society,” 2017. Link.


Moynihan, Joan, and Neil Hogan. New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2006.
Robinson, William E., and New Haven Hibernian Provident Society. St. Patrick and the Irish; an Oration, Before the Hibernian Provident Society, of New Haven, March 17, 1842. New Haven: Hitchcock & Stafford, 1842. Link.

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