The Knights of St. Patrick, responsible for painting the long green line up 5th Ave, have contributed $1.75 million to the New York City parade.

The Knights of St. Patrick were formed in September, 1988 under the auspices of the late Neil Walsh, who was also responsible for painting the long green line up Fifth Avenue for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Knights’ mission is to support the parade, and to promote the awareness and study of Irish culture.

Since inception, the Knights have contributed over $1.75 million to the parade and other major organizations like the Irish Arts Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Monsignor Jack Barry Scholarship Fund. The parade receives no government funding and is entirely dependent on private sector donations and organizations like the Knights to maintain the largest and greatest parade in the western world.

The officers and members of the Knights express their sincere thanks to the founding members who had the dedication, vision, and leadership to form this wonderful organization. We salute Barbara O’Neill and her late husband Terry, Mary Anna Scanlon and her late husband Donald, Thomas W. Gleason, Jr., Mike Gibbons, Bill Plunkett, John O’Connor, and deceased Formation Committee members Virgil Conway, Jim Moriarty, John Merriweather, Dan Kelly, and John Newe for their untiring efforts in the establishment of the Knights.

This Knights of St. Patrick is a 501c3 organization and contributions are tax deductible. The group will host its 30th anniversary dinner at the Union League Club in Manhattan on Thursday, October 18. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m.

For information contact Jim Lombard at

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