Parade Queen Selection

Celebrating 63 years of friendship, love and loyalty to the Irish Community!!!! 

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Selection, sponsored by the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club in East Haven, was held on February 2, 2019. 

The 2019 Parade Queen is Taylor Besciglia. The 2019 Honor Attendant is Claire Bohan. 

Taylor Besciglia, 2019 Parade Queen Taylor is the daughter of Heidi Pierpont and Frank Besciglia Jr. She lives in West Haven and her ancestors hail from Piltown, County Kilkenny. She is currently a student at Southern Connecticut State University studying elementary education with concentrations in STEM and English, she will graduate this spring. Taylor is employed by Kumon Learning Center as a tutor, she is also a student teacher within the New Haven Public Schools. Her personal ambition is to become a successful elementary school teacher while serving as a positive role model to her students. Her interests include fitness, Gaelic football, hiking, reading mystery books, spending time at the beach, and arts and crafts. She also believes in raising mental health awareness. Taylor is a member of the West Haven Irish American Club. 

Claire Bohan, 2019 Honor Attendant Claire is the daughter of Seamus and Dina Bohan. She lives in Orange and her ancestors hail from Mohill, County Leitrim. She is currently employed by The Clay Date and Duffy’s Irish Pub. Claire’s personal ambition is to travel the world helping underprivileged children as well as conserving and improving the environment. She aspires to become an art therapist. Her interests include fashion, creating, pottery, music, working with children and helping others. She also enjoys having meaningful conversations with family and friends, making memories and debating over her vegetarian lifestyle. Claire’s father and grandmother are members of the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club and the Knights of St. Patrick.

2018 Parade Queen Bridget Judd (top left) Contestant Teresa Bohan, 2019 Honor Attendant Claire Bohan, Contestant Megan Burke, 2019 Taylor Besciglia, and 2018 Honor Attendant Maureen Heeran with the 2019 contestants and the 2019 Taras and Claddaghs. 2019 is the 10 year anniversary for the Taras and Claddaghs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contestants must be 17 years of age, single, a member, daughter or grand daughter of one of the four Irish Societies (NHGF& Hurling Club, Knights of St. Patrick, West Haven Irish American Club or Ancient Order of Hibernians).

For more information please contact Fiona Stewart at parade.queen@gmail.com

 

Past Queens and Attendants of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Year                  Parade Queen               Honor Attendant

2018

Bridget Judd

Maureen Heeran

2017

Abigail O’Keefe

Catherine Dignan

2016

Kaitlyn Cullagh

Caitlin Clark

2015

Margaret Heeran

Siobhan Dacey

2014

Alexis Wheway

Morgan Hildebrandt

2013

Fiona Stewart

Kate Thompson

2012

Carolyn Shea

Kate Thompson

2011

Kristina Conroy

Carolyn Shea

2010

Lindsey Stamp

Kristina  Conroy

2009

Katie Morris

Brittney Lipsett

2008

Briana Conway

Laura Brayfield

2007

Erin Collins

Courtney Lundgren

2006

Maura Monahan

Briana Conway

2005

Melinda Enright

Jillian Mackey

2004

Moriah Conlan

Meghan Wilson

2003

Cathleen Steinau

Siobhan Straub

2002

Caitlin Monahan

Melinda Enright

2001

Sinead Stewart

Caitlin Monahan

2000

Barbara Stratton

Sheila Smyth

1999

Patricia Lilllis

Elizabeth Murphy

1998

Catherine Hopkins

Kara Roxbee

1997

Karen Freed

Tracy Henderson

1996

Laura Garrity

Karen Freed

1995

Karyn Gallagher

Laura Garrity

1994

Bernadette Smyth

Lisa Peckingham

1993

Doreen Keogh

Karyn Gallagher

1992

Mary-Kath Cullagh

Karyn Gallagher

1991

Katherine McGowan

Patricia O’Shea

1990

Josephine Craig

Katherine McGowan

1989

Geraldine Lillis

Irene Horgan

1988

Diane Graham

Eileen Conway

1987

Fionnuala Mackey

Mary Clarke

1986

Darcy Smith

Karen Sullivan

1985

Susan O’Connor

Lauren Montgomery

1984

Linda Gill

Lauren Montgomery

1983

Aileen Lawless

Maureen McDermott

1982

Kerry Lawless

Mary Ann Gannon

1981

Valerie Spangle

Maureen O’Reilly

1980

Margo Mackey

Mary Lynch

1979

Patty Roxbee

Margo Mackey

1978

Claire Barrett

Irene Wheeler

1977

Katie O’Keefe

Eileen McNulty

1976

Rosemary Hartigan

Kathie Roxbee

  

Year

Miss Ireland

Miss Irish American

1975

Janie O’Donovan

Sheila Keehan

1974

Bridie Smyth

Nora O’Keefe

1973

Edna Farrell

Ellyn Shields

1972

Helen Kellegher

Linda Beers

1971

Mary Joyce

Irene Devlin

1970

Catherine Cullagh

Bonnie McNulty

1969

Pam White

Catherine Thompson

1968

Elizabeth Smyth

Elizabeth Dalton

1967

Ruby Ashenhurst

Mary Flynn

1966

Maureen Canning

Rita Manning

1965

Grace Tighe

Patricia Collins

1964

Marglin Reardon

Margaret Farrell

1963

Patricia Foley

Kathleen Hanrahan

1962

Mary McArdle

Eileen Sullivan

1961

Mary Foley

Nancy Griswold

1960

Mary Sheehan

Patricia Griffiths

1959

Mary Theresa Corry

Patricia O’Connor

1958

Susan Smith

Mary Manning

1957

Mary McArdle

Maureen Hanrahan

1956

Mary McCarty

Maureen Earl