March 9, 2016

On Sunday, March 13, President John Garvey will serve as grand marshall of the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Parade of Washington, D.C. He was selected because of his dedication as an educator and his service to the Irish-American community at The Catholic University of America and in the greater metropolitan D.C. area.

"Since his appointment as the President of The Catholic University of America in 2011, Mr. Garvey has emphasized the effort to strengthen CUA's Catholic identity, the importance of an integrated Catholic education, and the practice of virtue," noted a press release issued by the St. Patrick's Parade Committee. Celebrating the theme "Remember, Reflect, Reimagine," the parade coincides with the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising and subsequent civil war. The Catholic University Irish Studies program is marking the centennial with readings, plays, lectures, and other events to honor the legacy of 1916. The parade will feature floats, Irish dancers, military processions, schools, more than 100 marching bands as well as a number of other groups and organizations.

The parade will begin at noon, proceeding down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets N.W. The route is accessible via the Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial, and Smithsonian Metro stations.For more information and to purchase grandstand tickets, visit or call 202-670-0317.