PARADE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS
Hon James H. J. Tate Award
Award given to the group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade
Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award
Award given to the Outstanding Marching Unit of Fraternal Organizations
George Costello Award
Award given to the organization with an Outstanding Float
Vincent A. Carroll Award
Award given to an Outstanding Music Unit, excluding grade school
Anthony J. Ryan Award
Award given to an Outstanding Grade School Band
Walter Garvin Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group
Marie C. Burns Award
Award given to an Outstanding Adult Dance Group
Joseph E. Montgomery Award
Award given to an outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions
Joseph J. “Banjo” McCoy Award
Award given to an outstanding Fraternal Organization
James F. Cawley Parade Director’s Award
Award given to an Organization for an Outstanding Irish Performance or Display
Father Kevin C. Trautner Award
Award given to an outstanding School or Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage while promoting Christian Values
Maureen McDade McGrory Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture through Traditional Dance
James P. "Jim" Kilgallen Award
Award given to an Outstanding organization that best exemplifies the preservation of Irish-American unity through charitable endeavors to assist those less fortunate at home and abroad.
Mary Theresa Dougherty Award
Award given to an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of God's people in the community.
Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award
Award given to the outstanding parade marshal.
Phillip 'Knute' Bonner Award
Award given to the outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom and protect us through sacrifice and compassion for others.
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance.
CRITERIA FOR PARADE JUDGING
Orderly marching, walking; Appropriate attire (uniform, Irish, etc.).
Irish or Theme Related; Live Band.
Presentation - Costumes, Uniformity.
Presentation at reviewing stand; orderly, time limit, line formation, professional.
Is the theme of the Parade displayed? How is this presented?
5 points is the highest in each category
Maximum Score is 25 Points Total
Each judge scores each group individually. Total scores of each judge for each category are discussed, and comments are shared regarding the criteria. Total highest points combined is the winner.
Floats are usually associated with an organization, but each float is judged independently of this group. Comments are especially important in this area as to the details such as painting, music, appearance, portrayal of theme.
Bands that are not signed up as independent marching units, are not eligible for awards, but are considered part of a group, when judging an entire group.