The aides for this year’s New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade
By Irish Echo Staff
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors and the Parade Affiliate Organizations have named the aides for the 2020 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade, in a release, announced “fifteen distinguished Irish Americans who will serve as aides to Grand Marshal James T. Callahan.”
Aides to the grand marshal are chosen annually by the parade’s participating organizations in recognition of their outstanding service to the Irish-American community of New York.
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The selection of an aide, according to the release, is an acknowledgment of years of unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the New York and Irish communities and for their contribution to Irish faith, culture, and heritage.
“The Board of Directors thanks the affiliate organizations for selecting such a wonderful group of dedicated and distinguished Irish Americans,” said Board Chairman Sean Lane.
“They will join our Grand Marshal, Jim Callahan, in leading us past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and up Fifth Avenue.”
The aides to the Grand Marshal for the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade are: Grand Council Aide: Eddie Boles; Queens County Aide: Margaret Costello; The Knights of St Patrick Aide: Thomas Reynolds; Kings County Aide: Mary O’Hara; Orange County Aide: James Dennis O’Malley; Suffolk County Aide: Stephen Denis Lemanski; Westchester County Aide: Ann Guerin Haugh; Nassau County Aide: Deacon Tom Costello; Bronx County Aide: John O’Malley; Richmond County Aide: Noreen P. Hansen; United Irish Counties Aides: Tom Tuffy and Ann Hearn; Rockland County Aide: Lillian Murphy; New York County Aide: Thomas Beirne; Archdiocese of New York Aide: Michael Deegan; Aide at Large: Pauline Turley.
The 2020 Grand Marshal, James Callahan, is the General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a union that represents over 400,000 men and women in the United States and Canada.
He is noted for his contributions to New York City, most notably his work at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the terrorist bombing of the parking garage in 1993, and again at Ground Zero after 9/11, where he worked throughout the entire recovery effort.
He is also active in many community affairs and has received numerous honors from many organizations recognizing his lifelong endeavors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Callahan and his aides, the release concluded, will lead the approximate 200,000 marchers up Fifth Avenue in the 259th New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17.