Tuesday, October 9, 2018
From: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.
Contact: Hilary Beirne 718-231-4400 HBeirne@nycstpatricsparade.org
Sean Lane 718-231-4400
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK CITY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE® NAMES LEGENDARY NEW YORKER 2019 GRAND MARSHAL
NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2018 –St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. Board of Directors has named Dr. Brian J. O’Dwyer, as Grand Marshal of the 2019 parade, Board Chairman Sean Lane announced today.
Brian hails from a legendary New York Irish family and traces his Irish roots to County Mayo where his father emigrated from in the 1940’s. He is the son of Paul O’Dwyer who was the President of New York City council from 1974 to 1979 and the nephew of The Honorable William O’Dwyer, former Mayor of New York. Both Paul and William were Grand Marshal’s of the Parade in 1974 & 1938 respectively.
Being from an Irish immigrant family he has involved himself in many Irish causes and was an active participant in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations with members of the Clinton administration.
He has received many accolades for his tireless work over the years on behalf of immigrants and Ireland.
Brian will lead the marchers up Fifth Avenue on Saturday March 16, 2019 in the 258th New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade is the world’s oldest and largest civic parade and celebrates the faith of Ireland, Irish heritage and culture.
Sean Lane, Chairman of the Parade Board, said “We are truly delighted that Brian O’Dwyer has been unanimously selected as the 2019 Grand Marshal. He is a man who is beloved in the New York’s Irish-American community and in Ireland. He is an outstanding Irish-American who has devoted a huge amount of his considerable energy and charisma to building enduring and durable ties between Ireland and America. We know that his selection will be a widely popular one.”
About the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade marches in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade is held every year on March 17, (Except when March 17 falls on a Sunday. It is then moved to Saturday March 16 because of religious observances). The Parade starts at 11 am and begins at 44th Street and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 79th street in Manhattan.
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Parade is regarded as the most popular of the all the Parades in New York City. The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world.