Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Observance Association Proudly Announces Congratulations to
2017 Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade Award Winners
Hon. James H.J. Tate Award
(Founded 1980, this was named the Enright Award Prior to 1986)
Sponsored by: Mike Driscoll & Michael Bradley
Outstanding Organization that Exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade
Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes & Drum Band
Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Fraternal Organization
Sponsored by: AOH Division 39 Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley
AOH & LAOH Division 88
George Costello Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Float in the Parade
Sponsored by: The Irish Society
Hon. Vincent A. Carroll Award (Founded 1980)
Outstanding Musical Band:
Sponsored by: John Dougherty
Cardinal O'Hara High School Marching Band
Anthony J. Ryan Award (Founded 1990)
Outstanding Elementary School Band
Sponsored by: The Ryan Family
N/A this year
Walter Garvin Award (Founded 1993)
Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group
Sponsored by: Walter Garvin Jr.
Cummings School of Irish Dance
Marie C. Burns Award (Founded 2003)
Outstanding Adult Ceili Dance Group
Sponsored by: Philadelphia Emerald Society
Tara Gael Irish Dancers
Joseph E. Montgomery Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions
Sponsored by: AOH Div. 65 Joseph E. Montgomery
AOH Division 4 Black Jack Kehoe
Joseph J. "Banjo" McCoy Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Fraternal Organization
Philadelphia Emerald Society
James F. Cawley Parade Director's Award (Founded 2006)
Outstanding Irish Performance Chosen by the Parade Director
Sponsored by: AOH Division 87 Port Richmond
Philadelphia Area GAA Players
Father Kevin C. Trautner Award (Founded 2008)
Outstanding Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage.
Sponsored by: Kathy McGee Burns
St. Katherine of Siena Irish Dancers, Wayne PA
Maureen McDade McGrory Award (Founded 2008)
Outstanding Children's Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture Through Traditional Dance.
Sponsored by: McDade School of Irish Dance
Emerald Isle School of Irish Dance
James P. “Jim” Kilgallen Award (Founded 2011)
Outstanding Organization Involving Charitable Endeavors.
Sponsored by: Michael Bradley
AOH & LAOH Division 17
Mary Theresa Dougherty Award (Founded 2012)
Outstanding Organization Dedicated to Serving the Needs of God's People.
Sponsored by: St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board
St. Thomas More High School Alumni Association
Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award (Founded 2012)
Outstanding Parade Marshal.
Sponsored by: Robert M. Gessler
Bill, Michael, Megan & Courtney Whitman
Phillip 'Knute' Bonner Award (Founded 2013)
Outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom.
Sponsored by: Mary Beth Bonner Ryan
Cairdeas Irish Brigade
Joseph J. Bradley Award (Founded 2017)
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance
Sponsored By: Michael & Linda Bradley
McDade Cara School of Irish Dance
Parade Director All Information is on our website at www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com
Join us for our
Parade Awards Ceremony where we honor the award winners of the parade.
Patrick’s Day Observance Association
2017 Parade Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 20,
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
THE IRISH CENTER
COMMODORE BARRY CLUB
6815 EMLEN ST.
Live Music by: Vincent Gallagher Band
Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda
Winner of the
Trip to Ireland Tickets
Will be announced!
Adults: $30.00 - Children: Under 18: $10.00 - Tickets available at the
All are welcome.
All groups who
won a parade awards get 2 free tickets.
All CHILDREN'S dance schools / GROUPS that won a parade award get 2
free ADULT tickets and
8 FREE CHILDRENS TICKETS and you are welcome to bring your other
winner’s free tickets before April 10th you must contact:
"Believe deep down in your heart
that you're destined to do great things."