The weather was gorgeous, the music was triumphant, the participants were enthusiastic, and the audience was outstanding! The 10th Annual Mystic Irish Parade this past Sunday on March 24th was a resounding success! The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation extends their sincerest thanks to the Southeastern Connecticut community for joining us in celebration of this Celtic Holiday. The parade has continued to grow and develop each year because of local business sponsorships and astounding community support.
A special appreciation for all of the organizations that dedicated the time and energy to walking in the parade alongside their outstanding music, floats and participants! An award presentation and volunteer appreciation party will take place next Sunday, April 6th at 4 p.m. at the Harp and Hound in downtown Mystic. Light food, drinks, entertainment and apparel sales will encompass this night of celebration!
Additional thanks to the Town of Groton and Stonington Police Departments and Public Works Departments for helping the parade proceed both smoothly and safely. Thanks to all of the Mystic Irish Parade's sponsors for without their support, the event would simply not be possible. Special thanks again to this year's major sponsors; Levine Distributors, Kidsploration, F&F Distributors, Full Power Radio (Jammin 107.7, WBMW 106.5), Budweiser and Guiness
Do you like the parade? Please thank our sponsors as they make it possible!
2013 Mystic Irish Parade Award Winners
Best Irish Theme Float - Hall Communications
Best Musical Unit - Ancient Mariners
Best Bagpipe Band - Newport Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipe and Drums
Best Color Guard - CT State Police Emerald Society Color Guard
Best Antique Vehicle - Community Hearing Aids of CT
Best Youth Group - New London High School Naval Junior ROTC
Best Community Group - Knights of Columbus
Best Fire Dept Unit - Westerly Fire Dept./RI Steam Fire Engine Co
Best Law Enforcement Unit - St Patrick's Pipe Band & Ct State Police Pipes & Drums
Best Military Unit - Hugo Simonelli VFW
Judges special write-in categories;
Newcomer Award - Thomas Townsend Woodworking
Best High School Band - Westerly High School Band
Honorary Award - Joshua Tree
Honorary Mention Float - St Patrick's Church
2013 Grand Marshal
The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is proud to announce that we have selected Mike Crowley, Chief of Police for the Town of Groton, as our 2013 Grand Marshal.
2013 Parade Route
Downtown parking can be found at the Mystic Arts Center Parking lot, 9 Water Street, this is were the parade ends and is signified by the star on the map above. Lots of additional smaller parking lots can be found along the parade route or on the many side streets along the route, please reference the map above for locations of side streets. Parking is also plentiful in the Olde Mystic Village parking lot however it is a mile walk from there to the parade route.