Last Hurrah for the 2014 Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade


One last speech from Jim Murray

One last speech from Jim Murray

Philly’s parade people like a party.

They gave an extra-big one Wednesday night at Finnigan’s Wake, all to honor the folks who scored honors at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

It was also the swan song for this year’s grand marshal, Jim Murray, who observed that the hardest thing an Irishman can be asked to do is to say a few words. But he did say a few words, and they all amounted to one simple message: Thank you.

We posted winners before, but you probably don’t feel like trying to find them again, so here they are again.

Hon. James H.J. Tate Award

(Founded 1980, this was named the Enright Award Prior to 1986)

Sponsored by: Mike Driscoll & Michael Bradley

Group that Best Exemplified the Spirit of the Parade

Philadelphia Fire Department


Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award (Founded 1980)

Outstanding Fraternal Organization

Sponsored by: AOH Division 39 Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley

Second Street Irish Society


George Costello Award (Founded 1980)

Organization with the Outstanding Float in the Parade

Sponsored by: The Irish Society

Irish of Havertown


Hon. Vincent A. Carroll Award (Founded 1980)

Outstanding Musical Unit Excluding Grade School Bands:

Sponsored by: John Dougherty

Bishop Shanahan Cheerleaders & Marching Band


Anthony J. Ryan Award (Founded 1990)

Outstanding Grade School Band

Sponsored by: The Ryan Family

St. Aloysius Academy Marching Band


Walter Garvin Award (Founded 1993)

Outstanding Children’s Irish Dance Group

Sponsored by: Walter Garvin Jr.

Rince Ri School of Irish Dance


Marie C. Burns Award (Founded 2003)

Outstanding Adult Dance Group

Sponsored by: Philadelphia Emerald Society

Tara Gael Dancers


Joseph E. Montgomery Award (Founded 2006)

Outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions

Sponsored by: AOH Div. 65 Joseph E. Montgomery

AOH Division 22 Firefighter John J. Redmond & LAOH Division 22 St. Florian


Joseph J. “Banjo” McCoy Award (Founded 2006)

Outstanding Fraternal Organization

Sponsored by: Schuylkill Irish Society

St. Thomas More High School Alumni Association


James F. Cawley Parade Director’s Award (Founded 2006)

Outstanding Irish Performance or Display Chosen by the Parade Director

Sponsored by: AOH Division 87 Port Richmond

Cara School of Irish Dance


Father Kevin C. Trautner Award (Founded 2008)

Outstanding School or Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage while promoting Christian Values

Sponsored by: Kathy McGee Burns

St. Denis Parish/Cardinal Foley School Havertown


Maureen McDade McGrory Award (Founded 2008)

Outstanding Children’s Irish Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture through Traditional Dance.

Sponsored by: McDade School of Irish Dance

McDade-Cara Championship Irish Dancers


James P. “Jim” Kilgallen Award (Founded 2011)

Outstanding organization that best exemplifies the preservation of Irish-American unity through charitable endeavors to assist those less fortunate at home and abroad.

Sponsored by: Michael Bradley

AOH Division # 39 Monsignor Thomas J Rilley


Mary Theresa Dougherty Award (Founded 2012)

Outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of God’s people in the community.

Sponsored by: St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association Board

Haverford HS Best Buddies


Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award (Founded 2012)

Outstanding parade marshal.

Sponsored by: Robert M. Gessler

John Gallagher


Phillip ‘Knute’ Bonner Award (Founded 2013)

Award given to the outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom and protect us through sacrifice and compassion for others.

Sponsored by: Mary Beth Bonner Ryan

Irish Immigration Center

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