• 1810

    Governor Macquarie recognised the celebration by providing entertainment for convicts that were employed by the government at the time.

  • 1978

    A lobby made by Seamus Byrne to the Irish National Association (INA) President, Nick Durkan for support in organising a parade.

  • 1979

    The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 83 years took place through the streets of Sydney.

  • 1989

    The parade route changed direction and a concert was held in Prince Alfred Park.

  • 1992

    The parade broke new ground by having more than 40 floats and 22 marching bands.

  • 1993

    Work with the Irish Greening Australia project resulted in 50,000 trees being planted in 12 months. The Sydney mounted police took part in the parade for the first time.

  • 1994

    The INA organised the parade and concert.

  • 1998

    The parade route changed and The Domain was the venue for the post parade concert.

  • 2002

    The concert was cancelled due to bad weather.

  • 2003

    A decision was made to change the post parade venue to Hyde Park.

  • 2004

    The first Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Bachelor of the Year was held. A citizenship ceremony was held in Hyde Park for the first time.

  • 2007

    The Irish Independant named Sydney one of the best places in the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

  • 2009

    The parade route changed to turn down Elizabeth St.

  • 2010

    The parade celebrates its Bicentenary.

  • 2011

    The theme was the Book of Kells, but the parade was cancelled due to bad weather.

  • 2012

    The theme this year is “Sydney Celebrating its Irishness”.

  • 2014

    The rain started just after the parade began and the Family Day was cancelled.

  • 2015

    The parade and Family Day ran very successfully, but the committee incurred massive losses from 2014.

  • 2016

    For the first time, there was no parade or any celebration while the committee worked to recoup the debts. With the support of Irish businesses and the community, the debt was paid off and fundraising continued.

  • 2017

    No parade could happen due to major construction in the city centre, but the Green Gathering was born and the festivities planned to return to Prince Alfred Park. Torrential rain flooded the area making it dangerous to enter the park and the Green Gathering was cancelled.

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