Covenant House Named Official Charity of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade
On March 16th, one of New York City’s greatest traditions, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will honor the work of Covenant House, the organization which for over 40 years has been caring for New York City’s homeless and runaway youth.
“Covenant House has been a beacon of hope for homeless young people, caring for over 1.2 million young people since 1972,” said John Dunleavy, Chairman-Director of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee. “We are proud to be a part of celebrating the great work of Covenant House, on St. Patrick’s Day and every other day of the year.”
“We are very humbled to be part of the greatest parade and one of the great New York City traditions,” said Kevin Ryan, President of Covenant House. “It is especially poignant that we are honored in this way by the parade committee so soon after losing one of the great voices for street children, Sister Mary Rose McGeady, our second president who passed away in September. She was the Mother Teresa of street kids, saving literally thousands of young people from a life on the streets. I know as we march with our kids down Fifth Avenue on March 16th, her Irish eyes will be smiling in heaven and she'll be beaming with pride. This parade was very close to her beautiful heart.”
Every year, the St. Patrick’s Day parade features 150,000- 250,000 marchers in front of approximately two million spectators lining Fifth Avenue. The parade is also televised for four hours on New York’s WNBC Channel 4 to over half a million households.
“Any opportunity we have to tell more good people about homeless youth is a chance to save more lives,” said Ryan. “We cannot thank the parade committee enough for honoring Covenant House and our kids in this special way.”
Covenant House International is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless youth, last year providing residential and non-residential services to over 56,000 young people. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and immediate crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth including medical care, educational and vocational programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal aid services, recreation programs, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, life-skills training and street outreach.
The Parade this year starts at 44th Street at 11 am on Saturday, March 16th. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street and ends at 79th Street. Past St. Patrick Day Parade charities to be honored include the Sisters of Charity, the Boy Scouts of America, and the American War Veterans.