Family, friends, and elected officials representing the Sound Shore community joined the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to honor Valerie Moore O’Keeffe as the Grand Marshal of the 6th annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade. On March 19th, O’Keeffe will be the first woman to lead the parade down Mamaroneck Avenue. The annual ceremonial sash presentation officially introducing the grand marshal took place at the Larchmont Shore Club, where the celebration offered an entertaining glimpse of the parade itself, with music appropriately provided by bagpipers from NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and a performance by the O’Rourke Irish Dancers.
O’Keeffe is well-known in the Sound Shore community for her decade-long service as Town Supervisor for the Town of Mamaroneck (TOM), from 2000 to 2011. Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center. On hand to praise O’Keeffe’s contributions to the Sound Shore community by proclamation were Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum, New York State Assemblyman Steve Otis, New York State Senator George Latimer, 7th District County Legislator Catherine Parker, TOM Deputy Supervisor and Councilwoman Jaine Elkind Eney, and Ned McCormack, Senior Advisor to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
The 6th annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 19th, at 1:30 pm. Besides celebrating Irish culture and providing a family-oriented community event, the goal of the parade is to raise funds for college scholarships. To date, the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has awarded $17,500 in scholarships to local high school students.
For more information on how to sponsor the parade, volunteer or march, visit www.SoundShoreParade.com.