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The Times
  • Nominations sought for St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal

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  • UTICA — Once again organizers of the Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade are giving the public a chance to be heard in deciding who will be the 2014 parade grand marshal.
    Suggestions for worthy grand marshal candidates for the March 15, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade are now being sought. After consideration, the grand marshal will be selected from the list of nominees.
    The letter of nomination should provide a background of the nominee and detail his or her contribution to Irish causes in the Mohawk Valley, citing the reasons why the nominee would be the proper choice for grand marshal.
    “We like to get input from everyone out there because it’s impossible for us to be aware of every possible candidate,” said parade director Judy Weeks in a news release. “The main consideration is how they’ve contributed to the local Irish community.”
    The deadline for nominations is Dec. 30. The grand marshal will be announced to the public on Jan. 26, 2014 at the Halfway to Great American Irish Festival Hooley.
    The parade grand marshal will also serve as the honorary chairperson of the 2014 Great American Irish Festival.
    Nominations should be sent to St. Patrick’s Day Parade, P.O. Box 36, Utica, NY 13503 or emailed to assistant-director@gaif.us
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