Cathy Lavaty installed as 2016 St Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal

Cathy Lavaty was 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.

This year’s St. Patrick’s dinner dance also acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. The Easter Rising led to the eventual establishment of Ireland as an independent country. Memorials to the Rising are being held across the world and will culminate on April 24, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Rising.

Cathy was installed by last year’s Grand Marshal, Brian O’Connor in front of a sellout crowd of friends, relatives and members of the Greenwich Hibernians.

Cathy 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 1800’s. 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: greenwichhibernians.org.

Cathy Lavaty and Brian O’Connor

Cathy Lavaty and Brian O’Connor

Past Grand Marshals: Back row John Halpin; Frank Kelly; James Dougherty; James Heavey; John Kavanagh; Brian O’Connor; Front Kevin Conboy; Cathy Lavaty; Patrick Waide.

Past Grand Marshals: Back row John Halpin; Frank Kelly; James Dougherty; James Heavey; John Kavanagh; Brian O’Connor; Front row: Kevin Conboy; Cathy Lavaty; Patrick Waide.

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