News Release
 February 8, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

“The Trinity and the Shamrock”

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the streets of Rochester will once again be a sea of green as the city celebrates their Irish heritage on Saturday, March 12 at 12:30 pm. Made up of over 100 entries, 3,000 marchers, 12 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.

Every year, the Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade honors people and organizations in the Rochester community who give of their time and talents to serve others.

This year’s Honorees are: • Grand Marshal – Radio Station WHAM - Celebrating 100 Years of Broadcasting • Community Organization – 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 – The County of Monroe and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office – Celebrating 200 years of service to our community • Ambassador to Waterford – Patrick Michael Murphy

Thanks to the hard work of the Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, comprised of 20 dedicated volunteers, this non-profit organization works tirelessly year-round alongside 150 parade day volunteers, marshals, banner carriers, judges, security, and so many others, to make this an event to remember!


It’s never too late to be a part of this year’s festivities. If you are interested in:

• Volunteering to carry a banner • Being a Parade Marshal • Applying to have a float • Marching in the parade

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. About Tops Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 154 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets


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