News Release
 March 3, 2020
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Irish eyes will be smiling in anticipation for the 43rd Annual Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In honor of this annual festivity the parade committee will host a press conference to kick off the celebration. Taking place on Friday, March 6th at City Hall (30 Church St., Rochester, NY) at 10:00 am, the theme of Trinity and the Shamrock will officially be unveiled as this year’s parade theme and we’ll also welcome 13 honorees. This year’s honorees include: • Grand Marshal – Staff Sergeant David Bellavia • Community Organization of the Year – Compeer • Citizen of the Year – Marianne Tucker • Community Leader of the Year – The Ancient Order of Hibernians • Business Leader of the Year – Mike McKeon of Silk O’Loughlin’s • Sportsperson of the Year – Don Stevens • Honorary Marshal – “Harmonica” Pete DuPre’ • In Memoriam Honorees – Jo Carroll, Joe Dady, Helen Doherty, Bill Kehoe, Eamon McCormack • Ambassador to Waterford – Patrick Michael Murphy

The parade itself will take place Saturday, March 14th at 12:30 pm. Made up of over 130 entries, 4,000 marchers, 15 bands from all over New York State and Canada, and seven dance schools marching, this parade is a spectacle not to be missed. Every year over 100,000 spectators clamor to take in the sights and sounds of this annual tradition which was started by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. The event steps off at the corner of East Ave. at Alexander Street, winding its way to Main Street and ends at Main and Fitzhugh.

Please visit Additional information on the parade can also be found on the parade’s social platforms – Facebook (Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Parade), Twitter (@ROCParade) and Instagram (rocstpatsparade).

Up to date information about the Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade can also be found on the parade’s new app (Rochester Parade) which is now available for both iPhone and Android users.

A complete event day schedule can be found at under the events tab and on the parade app. ###

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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