The Grand Marshal of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade is the highest local honor given to a person of Irish ancestry and either a resident of the city of Holyoke or a member of the parade committee. He/she has distinguished themselves as a loyal person to the parade comittee, their career, their family, and to their Irish ancestry
Roger P. Donoghue, a member of the St. Patrick's Parade
Committee since 1965, was named grand marshal of the 2014 parade on Thursday.
"Still in shock. It's a complete surprise. I never expected it," said Donoghue, 81, reached by telephone later.
The grand marshal leads the parade, which will be on March 23 and is a 63-year tradition that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the Paper City.
The parade committee announced the selection of Donoghue after a meeting at the Holyoke Elks, spokesman Raymond H. Feyre said.
PAST GRAND MARSHALS:
David K. Bartley
James A. Curran
Rev. Joseph Maguire
Russell McNiff Sr.
Fr. Francis Sullivan