The United Irish American Association presented trophy and cash awards to participants in Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade, held March 18 on Delaware Avenue, was judged by the NY-Penn Judging Association. Grand Marshal John P. Morrison and Garry Johnson, chairman of the association, were masters of ceremony for the awards presentation, which took place recently in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
Following are the winning participants:
Bishop Kmiec Trophy, Best Theme Float - Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. Bishop McLaughlin Trophy, Best Youth Float - Woodgate School of Traditional Irish Dance. Bishop Grosz Trophy, Best Club Float - Iron Workers Local No. 6. Bishop Head Trophy, Best Parish/ School Float - Trinity Catholic.
First - Grover Cleveland High School. Second - Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.
First - Gordon Highlanders. Second - Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums.
First - Kelley's Heroes.
First - Trinity Catholic. Second - St. Rose of Lima.
First: Woodgate School of Traditional Irish Dance. Second - Rochez Academy. Third - O'Sullivan Irish Dance School.
Best Dressed Unit:
First - Blackthorn Club.
Irish Dance School Marchers:
First - Rince Na Tiarna. Second - Rochez Academy.
Best Irish Men Marchers:
First - Knights of Equity.
Best Irish Women Marchers:
First - Daughters of Erin.
Best Men's Marchers:
First - Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Toppers.
Best Women's Marchers:
First - Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Toppettes.
Best Parish Marchers:
First - St. Mark's Parish Drill Team.
Best Irish Mixed Marchers:
First - Town of Tonawanda Irish American Club.
Best Mixed Marchers:
First - Valley Community Center.
Best Youth Marchers:
First - Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Youth Group. Second - Buffalo Shamrock Hockey.
First - Holy Family Scouts No. 120.
Scout Color Guard:
First - Scout Troop No. 416.
Law Enforcement Marchers:
First - Police Emerald Society.
Fire Department Color Guard:
First - Big Tree Fire Department
Best Veteran's Marchers:
First - Conrad Kania Marine Corps League.
Best Organization Color Guard:
First - Knights of St. John