Nova Scotia Archives

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax, Nova Scotia

''A.O.H. Parade 1919'' — St. Patrick's Day

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The parade route between Duke and George streets shows the buildings on the west side of Granville Street. The reverse states "The O'Connell Banner — and Grand Old Flag, The Stars and Stripes followed it up — carried by Jerry Holland."

The Halifax Herald, 18 March 1919, p.4, described the parade, "The crowd grew with every minute and as the bands arrived one after another, 'playing up' the divisions, enthusiasm grew. Tara's Harp, going stronger than ever, thanks to the growth of the order, was more in evidence than ever before. Long streamers of Irish green waved from it gaily in the morning air."

The banner 'O'Connell Liberator' was carried high and proudly and quite dominated the display of shamrocks. Those in the parade "wore not a mere little cluster of Ireland's own flower, but great sprays, that hung down from below the crown of top hats and waved, like the streamers from the harps. The horses — who contributed to the parade one of its most effective details, and were mostly very fine animals — carried themselves in a festive fashion — held their heads high, trod the ground with spirit and displayed long streamers of green ribbon depending from rosettes of the same color. The three beautiful white horses which were first in line wore green saddles, as well as the ribbon streamers."

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) was organized in Ireland to defend Gaelic values and protect the Roman Catholic Church and clergy. The Ancient Order of Hibernians in Canada was founded in Quebec and chartered in 1898. The A.O.H. has sponsored dances, concerts, and parades (particularly St. Patrick's Day parades); raised historic memorials; and raised money for charity.

Date: 1919

Reference no.: Charitable Irish Society Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1986-512 /  negative no.: N-3914