Irish Celebrate Upcoming Parade Honorees

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grazIt was one very happy Irish crowd at the Irish American Home Society Sunday, even if they weren’t Irish.

It was the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee’s annual reception for the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade honorees and as the Guinness and the speeches flowed, so did the enthusiasm.

“Top hat and tails, that’s what I’ll be be wearing when I lead the parade,” said a very happy 2013 Parade Grand Marshal Jim Mulcahy. “That’s tradition.”

“I can’t explain how excited I am,” said Mulcahy, characterized as “the embodiment of the Irish spirit” by a host of speakers who lauded him for his work on behalf of others.

And that oversized “I’m a leprechaun” button he sports each year at the parade? He will be a’wearin it for sure at the March 9 parade, he promised.

The last name of the committee’s Person of the Year winner may not sound Irish but he is. Rich Graziano, publisher, president and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV advised the sold-out crowd that he is indeed one of the them.

“My mother was Irish,” he explained, emphasizing his Boston roots and his education that included Boston College.

“I have never been in a parade before,” admitted Graziano after all the speeches and awards were presented. “It’s exciting to be chosen for the award and exciting to look forward to being in the parade.”

Deputy Marshals honored at the reception were Sheila Dupuis-Green of Glastonbury, Kathy Saimininkas of East Hartford, Todd Barry of Marlborough and Dan O’Connell of East Hartford.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be televised live on FOX CT on March 9 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. March 9, will be televised live on FOX CT.


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