St. Patrick’s Parade in Manchester

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Mr. T marched with Caring Paws Therapy Dogs.

Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a big deal – so big that nearly as many people were participating in the parade as people watching the parade. Two-thousand people marched IN the parade and they came in five divisions. With big gaps between each division, it felt like five separate parades – each outfitted with a marching band, a bagpipe and drum corps, and a rainbow of community organizations.

It was really hard for me to thin out the pile of pictures I took at this event. Here are a few that I think came out okay for me to share. Enjoy!


Eric Zulaski is an amateur photographer living in Manchester. Send your feedback to NHinFocus (at) Gmail (dot) com


Parade onlookers enjoying the day.
A pipes and drum group from Syracuse, NY.

Miss NH and the Bektash Shriners team up
Bektash Shriners towing service. They pushed their tiny monster trucks to the limit, leading to a break down mid-parade.
Dressed for success on the big day

Bike Manchester members participated in the parade
Mayoral Candidate Joyce Craig, and her family joined the Bike Manchester group in the parade.
Mayor Ted Gatsas walking with Manchester City Alderman and other state elected officials.
Gym Dandies unicyclers from Scarborough, ME.
Gym Dandies unicyclers from Scarborough, ME.

Stormtroopers promise to bring order and security to the galaxy

Bedford Marching Band passing Manchester City Hall

Shriner clowns gather before the parade
Parade volunteers Carol Boyle and Pam Gallagher. The annual Spring parade is organized in-part by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. What’s a Hibernian, you ask? The AOH boasts being the oldest and largest fraternal organization of Irish Catholics. Many of them walked around the parade in bright yellow windbreakers.