standing Mystic Irish Parade

The Irish flag along with the flags of the Irish colonies wave in the wind on Water St. The 12th annual Mystic Irish Parade. Sun file photo

MYSTIC — The 2019 grand marshal for the Mystic Irish Parade will be announced Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Mystic Fire Department B.F. Hoxie Station, 34 Broadway Ave.

Celebrating its 16th year, the Mystic Irish Parade will be stepping off from Mystic Seaport at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Drawing more than 30,000 visitors annually, the parade is the biggest single-day event in Mystic and will mark the grand finale of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The primary prerequisite for leading the parade is “honoring, supporting and being a positive, contributing member in the Southeastern Connecticut community,” the parade organizers said. Last year's grand marshals were a father-and-son duo, Bob and Rob Valenti.


— Catherine Hewitt

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