PARADE AWARDS

PARADE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Hon James H. J. Tate Award
Award given to the group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade

Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award
Award given to the Outstanding Marching Unit of Fraternal Organizations

George Costello Award
Award given to the organization with an Outstanding Float

Vincent A. Carroll Award
Award given to an Outstanding Music Unit, excluding grade school

Anthony J. Ryan Award
Award given to an Outstanding Grade School Band

Walter Garvin Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group

Marie C. Burns Award
Award given to an Outstanding Adult Dance Group

Joseph E. Montgomery Award
Award given to an outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions

Joseph J. “Banjo” McCoy Award
Award given to an outstanding Fraternal Organization

James F. Cawley Parade Director’s Award
Award given to an Organization for an Outstanding Irish Performance or Display

Father Kevin C. Trautner Award
Award given to an outstanding School or Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage while promoting Christian Values

Maureen McDade McGrory Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture through Traditional Dance

James P. "Jim" Kilgallen Award
Award given to an Outstanding organization that best exemplifies the preservation of Irish-American unity through charitable endeavors to assist those less fortunate at home and abroad.

Mary Theresa Dougherty Award
Award given to an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of God's people in the community.

Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award
Award given to the outstanding parade marshal.

Phillip 'Knute' Bonner Award
Award given to the outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom and protect us through sacrifice and compassion for others.

TBD Award
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance.



CRITERIA FOR PARADE JUDGING
Appearance
Orderly marching, walking; Appropriate attire (uniform, Irish, etc.).
Music
Irish or Theme Related; Live Band.
Dance
Presentation - Costumes, Uniformity.
Form
Presentation at reviewing stand; orderly, time limit, line formation, professional.
Theme
Is the theme of the Parade displayed? How is this presented?
Scoring
5 points is the highest in each category

Maximum Score is 25 Points Total

Each judge scores each group individually. Total scores of each judge for each category are discussed, and comments are shared regarding the criteria. Total highest points combined is the winner.

Floats are usually associated with an organization, but each float is judged independently of this group. Comments are especially important in this area as to the details such as painting, music, appearance, portrayal of theme.

Bands that are not signed up as independent marching units, are not eligible for awards, but are considered part of a group, when judging an entire group.



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PARADE AWARDS

PARADE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Hon James H. J. Tate Award
Award given to the group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade

Msgr. Thomas J. Rilley Award
Award given to the Outstanding Marching Unit of Fraternal Organizations

George Costello Award
Award given to the organization with an Outstanding Float

Vincent A. Carroll Award
Award given to an Outstanding Music Unit, excluding grade school

Anthony J. Ryan Award
Award given to an Outstanding Grade School Band

Walter Garvin Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group

Marie C. Burns Award
Award given to an Outstanding Adult Dance Group

Joseph E. Montgomery Award
Award given to an outstanding AOH and/or LAOH Divisions

Joseph J. “Banjo” McCoy Award
Award given to an outstanding Fraternal Organization

James F. Cawley Parade Director’s Award
Award given to an Organization for an Outstanding Irish Performance or Display

Father Kevin C. Trautner Award
Award given to an outstanding School or Religious Organization that displays their Irish Heritage while promoting Christian Values

Maureen McDade McGrory Award
Award given to an Outstanding Children's Irish Dance Group Exemplifying the Spirit of Irish Culture through Traditional Dance

James P. "Jim" Kilgallen Award
Award given to an Outstanding organization that best exemplifies the preservation of Irish-American unity through charitable endeavors to assist those less fortunate at home and abroad.

Mary Theresa Dougherty Award
Award given to an outstanding organization dedicated to serving the needs of God's people in the community.

Paul J. Phillips Jr. Award
Award given to the outstanding parade marshal.

Phillip 'Knute' Bonner Award
Award given to the outstanding organization dedicated to preserve our freedom and protect us through sacrifice and compassion for others.

TBD Award
Outstanding dance group for originality and artistic interpretation of Irish Dance.



CRITERIA FOR PARADE JUDGING
Appearance
Orderly marching, walking; Appropriate attire (uniform, Irish, etc.).
Music
Irish or Theme Related; Live Band.
Dance
Presentation - Costumes, Uniformity.
Form
Presentation at reviewing stand; orderly, time limit, line formation, professional.
Theme
Is the theme of the Parade displayed? How is this presented?
Scoring
5 points is the highest in each category

Maximum Score is 25 Points Total

Each judge scores each group individually. Total scores of each judge for each category are discussed, and comments are shared regarding the criteria. Total highest points combined is the winner.

Floats are usually associated with an organization, but each float is judged independently of this group. Comments are especially important in this area as to the details such as painting, music, appearance, portrayal of theme.

Bands that are not signed up as independent marching units, are not eligible for awards, but are considered part of a group, when judging an entire group.



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