The Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has announced that former New Rochelle Fire Commissioner, Raymond “Doc” Kiernan will be leading the 7th annual parade down Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday March 18th. “Doc” Kiernan, called the fireman’s fire commissioner, rose through the ranks during his distinguished fire-fighting career to become New Rochelle Commissioner in 1985, serving the community for 45 years. To his long list of achievements and accolades, Mr. Kiernan now adds Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal, joining the class of such area notables as Jim Killoran, Jim Hynes, Kevin Plunkett, Robert McCooey, James Sullivan and the parade’s most recent honoree, Valerie Moore O’Keeffe.
The Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade began as a Sound Shore community event in 2012, to promote and celebrate Irish heritage and the American Immigrant experience and to provide a meaningful, honorable, and festive occasion for families and friends. Even more important is the parade organization’s commitment to education by raising money for college scholarships.
“We are thrilled to have “Doc” Kiernan leading the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade as our 2018 Grand Marshal, honoring someone like him who has given so much of himself to our community as a dedicated civil servant,” stated committee president Laura Murphy.
Mr. Kiernan was introduced publicly at the annual Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Golf Outing held at Westchester Hills Country Club on Wednesday October 11th.