Chronology of Our Grand Marshal's

Past Grand Marshal of the Atlantic City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
  1987  Tom Kelly  
  1988 Al McMahon  
  1989 John Mooney Jr.  
  1990 Manus McGettigan  
  1991 James Whelan  
  1992  Sen. William Gormley  
  1993 Tom Carver  
  1994  Pat Dodd  
  1995 Bob McGuire  
  1996 James McGettigan  
  1997 Mark Juliano  
  1998 Al Troiano  
  1999 Sonny McCullough  
  2000 Thomas McDonough  
  2001 Patricia McNamara McCullough  
  2002 Mike Garvin  
  2003 Jack Bradley  
  2004 Frank Finnerty  
  2005 Nancy Brennan  
  2006 Msgr. Hodge  
  2007 Harry McGarrigel  
  2008 Buddy McCabe  
  2009 Dennis Levinson  
  2010 Tim Kelly  
  2011 Cathy Burke  
  2012 Chris Brown  
  2013 John Mooney III  
  2014  Frank Ferry and Thomas Patrick Flynn
  2015 William and Michael McMenamin
  2016 PJ McGettigan and Thomas McMeekin Sr.
  2017 Mayor Don Guardian
  2018 Sharon Essl and Joe Crilley


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The Annual Atlantic City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
09 Mar 2019
12:00PM -

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Chronology of Irish-American History


Governor Phil Murphy

Philip Dunton Murphy is an Irish-American financier, diplomat, and politician currently serving as the 56th Governor of New Jersey.
1990 - 2006

Eileen Collins

Born in Elmira, New York, Eileen Collins parents were immigrants from County Cork, Ireland.She became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle mission during the Discovery's rendezvous with the Mir space station in 1995. By 1999, she had logged 419 hours in space and was given command of the space shuttle Columbia, another first for a woman. She retired from NASA in 2006.

Anthony Kennedy

Born and raised in an Irish Catholic family in Sacramento, California, Anthony Kennedy was appointed to become Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagon.

First Parade in Atlantic City, NJ

The first Saint Patrick's Day parade in Atlantic City was held in 1986. The first parade was organized by Al McMahon, who was the owner of the Circle Tavern in Brigantine and Joe Shields, a bartender who worked at the Surfside in Margate. Inspired by the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Philadelphia and the work of Jimmy Cavanaugh, Al and Joe enlisted the cooperation of tavern owners from The Irish Pub, The Greater Pittsburgh bar, Cassidy's Grille, McGettigan's Saloon, Maynard's, Maloney's to name a few. Members of the Irish Cultural Society and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick also joined the parade.
1956 - 1990

William J. Brennan Jr.

Born in Newark, New Jersey the second of eight children, Justice Brennan was appointed to the Supreme Court by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.

John F. Kennedy

Becomes the first Catholic President of the United States.

Mayor Richard Daley

Irish Catholic native of Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago until 1975.

Child Labor Laws

Mary Harris, "Mother Jones" travels to the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to join in the strike of over 100,000 textile workers (largely Irish-Americans) fighting over working conditions and wages. Many of these workers were children leading to the creation of child labors laws by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Knights of Columbus

Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. gathers together a group of men to form the Knights organization in response to hostility towards Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions which left families fatherless.

The New York Draft Riots

President Lincoln called for 300,000 troops. If you were healthy and were among those called, you had several options provided by federal law: pay a substitute to take your place; pay a commutation fee of $300, enabling you to avoid service. Many Irish-American did not have the money to avoid the draft.
1850 thru 1920's

Domestic Servants

Many Irish emigrants, especially women worked as indentured servants of the upper-class of America.

Potato famine in Ireland begins

Over 1 Million Irish will emigrate to America over the course of a twenty year period from 1845 to 1860.

Erie Canal

A large number of Irish workers were employed to construct the Erie Canal in New York State.

First Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Irish soldiers serving in the British army in New York City hold the first parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Early 18th Century

Scots-Irish immigration

18th-century Ulster immigrants were predominantly Protestant and had settled mostly in the upland regions of the American interior.
17th Century

Colonial settlers coming from the province of Ulster

Descendants of Scottish and English tenant farmers who had been settled in Ireland by the British government came to the American Colonies. Approximately 250,00 migrated to the Colonies of which 20,000 were Catholics.