2014 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Committee is pleased to announce this year’s Parade Awards Winners.

A ceremony honoring these winners was held at the Irish American Community Center (IACC) on May 2, 2014. Congratulations to all of the winners.

2014 Parade Award Winners

Grand Marshal’s Award
Nation Drill Squad & Drum Corps, New Haven
Best Overall Unit
Saint Peter’s Drum Corps, New Hartford
Tom Slater Best Spirit of the Parade
102nd Army Band, Rockville, CT
Best Special Entertainment
501st Connecticut Garrison, (Star Wars), Bristol, CT
Best Irish Organizations
– 1st: New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club
– 2nd: West Haven Irish American Club
Best Irish Dance
-Lenihan School of Irish Dance, Monroe
Best Drill Team
Berkeley Knights Drill Team & Drum Corps, Waterbury
Best Drum & Bugle Corps
– 1st: Connecticut Alumni Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps, Somers
– 2nd: Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, Derby
Best Junior Fife/Drum
– 1st: Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps, Wethersfield
– 2nd: Nutmeg Volunteer Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Groton
Senior Fife/Drum
– 1st: Mattatuck Drum Band, Cheshire
-2nd: Stony Creek Fife & Drums Corps
– 3rd: Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps, No. Haven
Best Fire Department
– 1st: New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society
– 2nd: New Haven Fire Department
Best Volunteer Fire Department
-1st: Thomaston Fire Department
-2nd: Ansonia Fire Department, Webster Hose Hook & Ladder Co #3 and Charters Hose Co #4
Best Volunteer Fire Department Color Guard
-1st: East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department, Company 8
-2nd: Seymour Fire Department, Great Hill Hose Co.

2013 Parade Award Winners (photo: E. Donadio)

2013 Parade Award Recipients
Photo: Edward Donadio

Best High School Band
-1st: Bristol Eastern High School Marching Band
-2nd: Terryville High School Marching Band
Best Middle School Musical Group
-1st: King/Robinson Inter-District Magnet School-Marching Jaguar Band
-2nd: Edgewood Magnet School Band
Best Military Color Guard
-1st: United States Coast Guard Honor Guard, Long Island Sound
-2nd: Nathan Hale Chapter 103, Military Order of Purple Hearts, E. Haven
Best Pipe Bands
-1st: Police Pipes & Drums of Waterbury CT
-2nd: Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipe Band, E. Hartford
-3rd: Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, Stratford

Best Overall Police Department
-New Haven Police Emerald Society Color Guard & Marching Unit
Best Police Department Color Guards
-1st: Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services, Willimantic
-2nd: Yale University Police Department
Reenactment Groups
-1st: 8th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Co. A, Inc., Wethersfield, CT
-2nd: 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Civil War, Danbury, CT
Best School Marching Unit
-Saint Mary School, Branford
Youth Marching Units
-James Hillhouse High School JROTC
-Alexis Wheway
Honor Attendant
-Morgan Hildebrandt