SAINT PATRICK DAY PARADE – INDIANAPOLIS – 2014

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – INDIANAPOLIS

Photography by Duncan Photography

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More than 100 entries featuring some 3,000 people appeared in the Indianapolis 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade is made up of high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe & drum bands, Irish organizations and dignitaries. The Parade is FREE, (I have always liked that word) to the public.

Keep a close eye on the parade, awards are given. General Robert Moorhead awards the Group that best exemplifies the spirit of the parade, there is a President’s Award for the best parade float and an award for the most outstanding grade school marching in the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

And we must not forget the corporate sponsors who make this free parade… FREE.

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First up to start the parade is the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, Inc.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team performs in parades, at schools, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other worthy events. Each year, thousands of people throughout Central Indiana and across the country experience the thrill of seeing the Team perform. The Drill Team serves as Law Enforcement Ambassadors of Good Will to our communities.

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“WOW, WHAT FUN! DON’T TELL ANYONE, I’M PLAYING HOOKY FROM WORK.”

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Indy Sports Foundation – The Colors

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Gordon Pipers – Speedway

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Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard & wife Winnie

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The little man in the green suit

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Andre’ Carson – Joe Donnley

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Sarah Taylor – Executive Director Hoosier Lottery

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Tony Lamont – Barbara Hobbs –Hoosier Millionaire Game Show Hosts

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Erin Cohenour, Jessica Jackson, Chayzee Smith, Hoosier Lottery Drawing Hosts

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Hoosier Lottery float with very loud speakers

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The Shamrock

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Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association

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St. Pous x

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Cathedral High School

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Cathedral 2014 Wrestling Team State Champions

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Cathedral Lacrosse State Champions (3013) – Cathedral 2013 Rugby State champions

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Cathedral football state champions (2013)

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Van Rooy Properties

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Immaculate Heart O’ Mary School

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St Joan of Arc Honorary Principal – June Davis

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O’Brien Automotive Family

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Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Mounted Patrol

The precursor to the current IMPD Mounted Patrol, the Indianapolis Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Section was established in 1983 as part of the downtown Indianapolis revitalization effort that included projects such as the Convention Center, the Circle Theater, Circle Centre Mall, and the establishment of many new hotels and restaurants. The increased activity associated with this revitalization led to the recreation of the unit which had been disbanded approximately 60 years before.

IMPD’s mounted patrols are deployed within the downtown area as well as to other police districts throughout the City to assist with crowd control, traffic control, crime deterrence, and community service.

Horses used in the Mounted Patrol Section are primarily American quarter horses or a quarter horse crossed with a draft horse. When new horses are acquired, a search is made for horses of solid color with a height of at least 16-hands and a quiet disposition. Young horses (between the ages of 2 – 4 years) are preferred.

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Kevin Barry Division #3, Ancient Order of Hibernians – Indianapolis, Indiana

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Father Glenn L O’Connor, MDiv, 

Fr. Glenn is very proud of his Irish heritage and extremely  humbled to be named 2010 Irish Citizen of the Year.  Father Glenn O’Connor grew up in Indianapolis, attending St. Matthew Grade School (’66) and Latin School   High School (’70) before  entering St. Meinrad Seminary. He graduated from St. Meinrad College (’76) and  earned his Master of Divinity from the St. Meinrad School of Theology (‘80).

On May 17, 1980, he was ordained a priest and began his first assignment as  Associate Pastor at St. Gabriel parish in Connersville.  In 1982, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Simon the Apostle parish, Indianapolis until 1985,  when he was appointed Pastor of St. Philip Neri parish in Indianapolis. Since 1991, he has been at St. Joseph parish, Indianapolis, and in  1997, he also assumed the responsibilities of Pastor at St. Ann parish, Indianapolis.

In addition to his current parish responsibilities at St.  Joseph and St. Ann,  Fr. Glenn also wears the hats of: Airport Chaplain for the Indianapolis  International Airport (since the chaplaincy was commissioned in 1991);  spiritual director for Cursillo; IRL Ministry Chaplain; Chaplain for the  Ancient Order of Hibernians; and co-founder and President of the Board of  Directors for Seeds of Hope, a halfway house for women recovering from chemical  addiction. Despite his busy schedule, Fr. Glenn manages to make time each month  of May to serve as a pit crew member at the Indianapolis 500, a tradition that started more  than 30 years ago.

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BRIAN GALLAGHER – DRIVER

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians – Our Lady of Knock Division – Indianapolis

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Irish Woman of the Year – Katie Tobin

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Manley’s Irish Mutt – Pub and Eatery

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The Mooney Clan

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Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

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St Lawrence Catholic School

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Marshall Community High School

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Village Pantry

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St. Matthew Catholic School

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Scottish Society of Indianapolis

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Christ the King Catholic School

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Tom Redmond – 2000 Irish Citizen of the year

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Woodruff Place 135 years of History

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Woodruff Place lawn Chair Brigade

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Saint Christopher School

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Cardinal Ritter High School

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Ronald McDonald in an Fairlane 500 – Pete Wojtowicz – owner operator

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Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society

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The Pride of Indianapolis, Engine 14 Ladder Squad,

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IFD Station 27 – Fightin 27th (1907)

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Garfield Park Indianapolis Fire Department Number 29 Engine Ladder

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Retired Indianapolis Firefighters Club

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Indianapolis Fire Buffs

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Michael O’Connor – 2002 Irish Citizen of the year

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WISH TV 8 – Lori Wilson, Rob Ellis, Eric Halverson

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WISH TV 8 – Anthony Calhoun, Lori Wilson, Rob Ellis, Eric Halverson

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My Indy TV –

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Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church | Westfield, IN

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500 Festival Princess –

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One American Mini Marathon

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H & R Block

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The McCurdy Clan

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The Little Flower Catholic School

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Nativity Catholic School

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2014 Citizen of the year and Grand Marshal – Thomas Patrick O’Brien

One of the first of the St. Patrick’s Day activities was naming the Irish “Member” of the Year. The historic Indianapolis Athletic Club would honor one of its members with the title of “Irish Member of the Year” at a luncheon. This is before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was added as part of the Indianapolis landscape in 1981. When the Athletic Club building closed in the fall of 2004, the Indy Sports Foundation continued the tradition by changing the tittle to the Irish “Citizen” of the Year and honored Francis “F” Quinn in 2005, J Timothy McGinley in 2006, Patrick J Fisher in 2007, Robert Sullivan in 2008, Pat Cronin in 2009, Father Glenn L. O’Connor in 2010, Sister Rita Ann Wade & Sister Barbara McClelland in 2011, Robert & Richard McNamara in 2012 and Robert V. Welch, Jr in 2013.

The Indy Sports Foundation is happy to announce that Thomas Patrick O’Brien is the 2014 Irish Citizen of the Year. Tomas Patrick O’Brian is an Indianapolis native, was born March 16, 1931 to James and Anna (Reidy) O’Brien. Tom’s mother said that he missed his first St. Patrick’s Day by just a few hours.

Tom graduated from St. Therese of the Little Flower grade school in 1945. He was a 1949 graduate of Cathedral High School. Tom graduated from Butler University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1953 and also received a B.S. in Physical Education in 1956. In addition, Tom earned his M.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Butler University in 1960 and an M.S. degree in Administration from Bradley University in 1968. Tom is very proud to have played football for the legendary coach, Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle. After serving two years in the United States Army, Tom was honorably discharged.

Most of Tom’s working years were spent in the teaching and coaching fields. In between his teaching and coaching, Tom spent four years as the Clerk of the Circuit Court and two years as the Chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party.

Tom is retired, but still spends much of his free time in education. He is regular substitute teacher at Cathedral High School, where the appreciative staff and students have dubbed him “Super Sub”.

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Class Act Limo Service

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Frank T. Short – Washington Township Trustee

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Judge Annie Christ-Garcia – Marion Superior Court

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Joseph O’Connor – Marion County Assessor

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Saint Monica – 2nd Grade

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Saint Malachy Catholic School

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Arsenal Technical Marching Titans

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Saint Richard’s Episcopal School

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National Kidney Foundation

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WTHR 13 – Bruce Kopp

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Saint Francis & Clair Catholic School

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Irish  (Norte Dame)

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Our Lady of Greenwood School Girl Scouts Troop 1729

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Hot 96.3 – Hip Hop and R&B – Russ Parr in the morning.

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Radio Now, 100.9 All the hits

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Teamsters Local 135 – Fire Truck

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4th Degree Knights of Columbus – Bishop Chatard Assembly

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Beth White – Marion County Clerk

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Axis – luxury Apartments

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Marsh

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Marsh

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Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile. This is the first year in Indianapolis for the classic Weiner on wheels.

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McMahon – Schmidt McCreary

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Indiana Society – sons of the American Revolution

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Tobin & Hammans Family

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WRTV 6 – Todd Connor – Dave Furst

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WRTV 6 – Ericka Flye  –  Kevin Gregory 

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Irish Engine

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Smiley Morning Show…. Jambulance

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Green Fiat – “I’m in the parade!”

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American Red Cross Bookmobile

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Telemundo Indy

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WTLC 106.7 – Karen Vaughn

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Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School Band

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CHEE CHEE The Clown

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Ball State University student Kayla Bruner holds the crown for 2013 Marion County Fair Queen.

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Nap Town Roller Girls

Formed in 2006, The Naptown Roller Girls is one of more than 200 flat- and banked-track roller derby leagues around the country. The ladies of our competing teams, the veteran Tornado Sirens and the junior-varsity Warning Belles, as well as our team of newbies, The Third Alarm, have collected bruises, torn tendons, dislocated ankles and broken bones to bring roller derby in all its grit and glory to the Indianapolis area.

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BCMI – Boyle Construction Management Inc. Fightin Irish – General Contractors – Allen C Galloway

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VFW Fire Truck

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The HandleBar is a pedal-powered, 4 wheeled bicycle which can hold 16 passengers and one company designated driver. Patrons will pedal their way around city streets of Indianapolis, stopping at areas of interest (bars, restaurants, etc) along the way. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun, environmentally friendly way for groups of 8-16 adults to get some fresh air while exploring interesting parts of downtown Indianapolis.

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Kelly Landscaping

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Seals Ambulance

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The Pickled Pedaler

The Pickled Pedaler is owned and operated by local residents Dan and Nicole Eliason. Dan and Nicole started The Pickled Pedaler to have fun and to give, both, the natives and tourists a new and unique way to explore the best of our great city! With their love for the outdoors and passion to ride, the Pickled Pedaler was born! The Pickled Pedaler is a 14 passenger party bike powered by the riders, a bar crawl on wheels, and an open aired limousine if you will. The Pickled Pedaler’s custom design is engineered and handcrafted in the U.S.A. and the safest party bike on the market. Ditch the humdrum corporate party ideas, the team building exercises, the run of the mill bachelor/bachelorette parties, and pedal your party thru the streets of Indy! The Pickled Pedaler is great for any party or occasion. The possibilities are endless! The Pickled Pedaler is also perfect for tailgating at any event Indianapolis has to offer. Book your tour now!

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Robert V. Welch, Jr 2013 Irish Citizen of the Year.

 

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