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Parlow Named City’s 2014 Grand Parade Marshall

New Britain’s Suzanne Stewart Parlow was named the city’s 2014 Parade Marshal for the annual Greater Hartford Saint Patrick’s Day on March 15.

“It’s been a long time since a city or town joined the parade, so we’re very excited to welcome the City of New Britain,” said Eileen Moore, parade chairman for the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee. “To have a full contingent will help the city foster and promote its long-established Irish heritage.”

The New Britain Police Department will lead a local contingent of participants in the Parade including Officer Brett Morgan, the city’s 2014 Parade Honoree.

Earlier this year, Officer Morgan was seriously injured by the driver of a stolen car.

It will be the first time in 43 years that the City of New Britain will have a full contingent in the annual parade. Other groups marching this year include: New Britain Police Explore, The Office of the Mayor, Erin E. Stewart, Elected Officials, New Britain City Marshal/Parade Chairperson & Parade Committee Members, The Ancient Order of Hiberians, New Britain Division, New Britain High School Golden Hurricane Marching Band and Cheerleaders, The New Britain Rock Cats, Shrek The Musical, Guida’s Milk & Dairy and The Guida Supercow and the Polonia Business Association with Stanley the Dragon.

“We are all looking forward to the NBPD being fully represented in the parade – as a show of support for a fellow officer and of thanks to our community for its support,” said Police Chief James Wardwell. “We hope it is the start of a long standing tradition.”

“With all the great things happening in the city, we thought it was a good time to step up and put together a full parade contingent,” said Parlow, who spear-headed the effort. “We’ve come together to support our police department and now we’re coming together to represent the city as a whole. Next year, we hope even more groups will march in the parade.”

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to see our city come together like this,” Mayor Stewart said. “It’s been a long time coming, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive from everyone we’ve contacted.”

More than 40,000 marchers and spectators attend the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year, making it one of the largest annual crowd-attracting events in the City of Hartford. Other cities and towns with parade contingents include Hartford, Rocky Hill, Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury, East Hartford, Wethersfield and Newington. The parade is sponsored by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee.

For more information about the Hartford parade and other local parade fundraising events, visit www.irishamericanparade.com.