Catherine Lavaty named St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal

Catherine “Cathy” Lavaty will be installed as the Grand Marshal of the 42nd annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade by the Greenwich Hibernian Association on Saturday evening, March 5, at the organization’s annual St. Patrick’s dinner dance. The Parade will be held on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m.

Lavaty is a lifelong resident of Greenwich. She graduated St. Mary Grammar School and St. Mary High School before attending Berkley Business School in White Plains, NY.After graduation Cathy went to work for the National Broadcasting Company in New York where she worked for 38 years before retiring in 2005. At NBC Cathy worked in the news division, first as Program manager for the Nightly News, then on the Today show and finally for Dateline.

Cathy is involved with her church, St. Mary of Greenwich, both as a Trustee and as Chair of the parish Social Concerns Committee. She is a Board member of the NBC New York Employees Federal Credit Union and is also a Board member of the Today Show Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Cathy met her husband, Walter Kelly, a retired New York City Police officer on St. Patrick’s Day 1975. They were married in 1980. When not overly busy at home, Cathy and Walter enjoy their second home on Cape Cod. Last September, Cathy and Walter made their first trip to Ireland.

Cathy’s Irish roots go back to her grandparents George and Catherine Kelly who came from County Cork in Ireland in the late 1800s. The family home was on Oakridge Street in Greenwich. George was the first custodian of Hamilton Avenue School. Their daughter, Virginia Kelly, married Charles Lavaty.

Parade information and updates will be posted on the Greenwich Hibernian’s website:

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