Mystic Irish Parade Winners Announced
Participants to receive awards for performance during Sunday’s parade
Last Sunday’s 16th annual Mystic Irish Parade stepped off to fantastic success as parade goers from near and far gathered to celebrate Irish heritage. Downtown Mystic was filled with the Irish tricolor and the sounds of bagpipes as nearly 2,500 marchers gathered in one of the first crisp spring mornings of 2019 for another successful parade.
Led by Grand Marshall Frank “Fritz” Hilbert, the parade included the Fitch High School Falcons marching band, law enforcement, state and regional representatives, members of the armed services, mariners, local fire departments, floats, pipe bands and fife and drum corps. Now that the festivities have concluded, it’s time to announce the winning participants of the 2019 Mystic Irish Parade. The winners are:
Best Non-Profit New England Science & Sailing Foundation
Most Entertaining Free Men of the Sea
Best Community Spirit Mystic Highland Pipe Band
Best Irish Flag Knights of Columbus Council 1943 Mystic
Spirit of Mystic StoneRidge Active Retirement Community
Best Dancers Spirited Soles Irish Dance Academy
Larry Gemma Memorial Award Hugo A Simonelli VFW Post #3263 Mystic
Best High School Band Fitch High School Marching Band
Best Military Salute Kentish Guards, RI Militia
Best Marching Band RI Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums
Spirit of the Green Award Irish Setter Club of Central Connecticut
Best Salute Stamford Police Department (Honor Guard)
Best Color Guard New London High School Navy JROTC
Best First Responders North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company Inc.
Best Float Mystic Garden Club
Best Pipe Band Police Pipes & Drums of Waterbury
Ed Murphy Memorial Award Stonington Borough Fire Dept.
Most Unique Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library
Parade Ambassador Jessica Morrissey
Best Newcomer Angie’s Pizza and Pier 27 Lounge
Best Musical Float Mystic Seaport
Best Antique Groton Long Point Vol Fire Dept.
Best Musical Unit JPO Productions
Most Athletic Stonington High School Youth Football
People’s Choice UP Fitness
“We had a great parade this year. The sun was shining, the crowds were energized, it really couldn’t have gone better,” said Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation Neil Ryan. “I’m already looking forward to next year.”
The awards ceremony will take place at the Harp & Hound on April 7th at 3:00pm and is open to the public. In addition to the presentation of parade awards, the raffle for the trip to Ireland will be pulled at 4:00pm.
Video courtesy of Groton Municipal Television