YONKERS, N.Y. – A Yonkers man will be front and center in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.
James Walsh has been selected to represent Westchester County as an aide to the grand marshal in the in the 252nd edition of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16.
Walsh, who is vice president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Yonkers, will accompany Grand Marshal Alfred E. Smith IV on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, marching in front of more than 2 million spectators.
The 15-year member of the Hibernians and former president of the Yonkers division was announced as one of 14 aides at a ceremony last week at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.
Parade organizers say the group is selected in recognition of their service to the Irish-American community.
“One’s selection as an aide is acknowledgment of years of unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the New York and Irish communities plus it is the acknowledgment of their contribution to Irish faith, culture and heritage,” Hilary Beirne, the parade’s executive secretary, said in a statement.
Kevin Ellis, president of the Hibernians in Yonkers, said the honor was well-deserved.
"Jim Walsh is a true Hibernian who has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow fraternal brothers as well as from the entire Irish community in Westchester County,” Ellis said.