Mayor Yaede Selected as Grand Marshal for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Grand Marshal of this upcoming year’s St. Patrick’s Day
Parade will be a familiar face to Hamiltonians.
That’s because their Mayor – Kelly Yaede – was selected as
the 33rd annual parade’s Grand Marshal, which was recently announced during a
parade kick-off ceremony at the Ancient Order of Hibernians hall in Hamilton.
Joking that she had once been a “runner up” as Miss Saint
Patrick as a teen, Yaede expressed her appreciation for the honor of being
selected to lead this year’s parade.
“Irish tradition and culture is woven into the heart of our
community,” said Yaede in her remarks. “Our
local Irish American community continues to be an integral part of our entire
community – and each March, we celebrate that through this annual parade.”
Hamilton’s Mayor received her honorary Grand Marshal sash
from last year’s Grand Marshal, Tom O'Reilly.
“Each year, we select a Grand Marshal that has impacted the
Irish American community is a positive way; and Mayor Yaede has been very
supportive of our parade and our efforts to preserve and promote Irish culture
during her tenure,” said Parade Chairman Vince McKelvey.
This year’s parade – the 8th time it will march
down Nottingham Way in Hamilton – will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018
with a 12:30 PM opening ceremony at Nottingham Fire Company followed by a 1 PM
Over the course of the lead up to the parade, several events
to support the effort will take place, including a parade Grand Marshal
luncheon that will take place in early 2018.
To learn more about the parade, residents can visit the