St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns March 17

Come celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day as the Greenwich Hibernian Association presents the 39th annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade led by this year’s Grand Marshal, William (Billy) Connolly.

As usual, the parade will begin at Town Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Marchers will proceed up Field Point Road, along U.S. 1 and then down Greenwich Avenue.

Prior to the parade, the association will conduct its annual Irish Flag Raising Ceremony at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. Members will then attend the 10:30 mass at St. Mary Church on Greenwich Avenue. The public is invited to both events.

Mr. Connolly will be installed as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade by the association on Saturday evening, March 2 at the organization’s annual St. Patrick’s dinner dance. Mr. Connolly is a life-long Greenwich resident. His father, William, was born in Carlow, Ireland. His mother, Christina Moran Connolly, was born in America, but her father was born in County Cork, Ireland and her mother was born in County Galway, Ireland.

Mr. Connolly attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Greenwich and from there went to St. Thomas Seminary. He is a self taught artist well known for his pen and ink drawings. His first drawing was of St. Mary Church and he is proud to say that the drawing is still used on church stationary. He has also made drawings of many other local landmarks and if you look closely in many of them, you will find a squirrel, which is his nickname.

In a press release announcing the honor, Mr. Connolly said he is proud of his Irish heritage and proud to serve as grand marshal.

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