News Release
 February 16, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Join us for 2023 Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 11th in Downtown Rochester

(Rochester, NY) - Once again, the streets of Rochester will be a sea of green, as the City celebrates their Irish heritage with the 2023 Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 11th starting at 12:30 pm. Made up of over 100 entries, 2,000 marchers, 12 bands from all over New York, and six Irish dance schools, fire trucks, floats and more, the Parade is a spectacle not to be missed. Every year tens of thousands of spectators clamor to take in the sights and sounds of this annual tradition, which brings the whole community together. The event steps off at the corner of East Ave and Alexander Street, winds its way to Main Street, and ends at Main and Fitzhugh. With lots of great places to watch the parade all along the route, it’s fun for the whole family! This year’s Celtic Family Faire will be held at Parade Headquarters - The Hilton Garden Inn - 155 E. Main St 14604 - at the corner of Stone Street, right on the parade route. Enjoy fun activities for kids from 1:00-4:00pm. The Faire will feature the “In Jest” comedy variety show, Irish Dance performances, plus more family-oriented activities, and a performance from the Gates Keystone Pipe Band! Donations will be accepted for Compeer Rochester. The event is alcohol free. Food and drink are available for purchase at the hotel. Interested in volunteering to carry a banner in the Parade or help with the Celtic Family Faire? Visit our website to sign up and join in the fun!

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. We are proud to announce this year’s Honorees… • Grand Marshal – Gates Keystone Police Club Pipes and Drums • Community Organization of the Year – Holy Childhood • Citizen of the Year – Mike Heaney • Community Leader of the Year – Mary Therese Friel • Business Leader of the Year – Tops Friendly Markets • Sportsperson of the Year – Thad Brown • Honorary Marshals – Ginny Ryan and Doug Emblidge • In Memoriam Honorees – Bishop Matthew Clark, Barry R. Culhane, Frank Gerham, Tim McCormack, and Jim O’Reilly The Parade Committee is a non-profit group comprised of about 20 dedicated volunteers who work on the parade year-round. The parade wouldn’t be possible without the help of over 150 parade day volunteers, which consist of Parade Marshals, Banner Carriers, and Judges. For more information and to sign up to march in the parade visit or our Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook Page About Tops Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 149 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

2023 Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade Schedule of Events

Friday 3/3 10:00 AM Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade Press Conference City Hall Atrium- 30 Church St.

Friday 3/10 11:30 AM Painting of the Green The Hilton Garden Inn – 155 E. Main St 14604 Parade Headquarters

7:05 PM Irish Night - Amerks Hockey Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial - 100 Exchange Blvd. Saturday 3/11 9:00 AM Mass St. Mary’s Church - 15 St. Mary’s Place

10:30 AM Runnin’ of the Green Presented by YMCA of Greater Rochester Organized by Rochester Running Company 5 Mile Race - Starting and ending at Parcel 5 on Main St

10:30 AM Raising of the Flags Ceremony Monroe County Office Building - 39 W. Main St 12:30 PM Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Start: East Ave / Alexander Parade Route: East Ave. to Main St. End: Main and Fitzhugh


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