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Friday, February 26, 2010

Ray Flynn is Grand Marshal at Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday March 6, 2010

Ray Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton Administration, has been selected as Grand Marshal at the 5th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 6, 2010.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Heroes and Heroines of Ireland,” according to Mairead McCann of the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade committee.

Ambassador Flynn, the mayor of Boston from 1983 to 1994, has a distinguished career in public service, dating back to 1971 when he was elected state representative for South Boston.  

He has been a national leader on Irish-American and Catholic issues throughout his life, and was Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2007.

A banquet honoring the Grand Marshal takes place on Friday evening, March 5, at the Cape Cod Irish Village in W. Yarmouth.

Last year’s Grand Marshal at the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day parade was Boston Bruins hockey great Terry O’Reilly.

The two mile parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Route 28 and School Street in West Dennis and proceeds up Route 28, ending  at Forrest Road in Yarmouth.  Click here for map.

Among the marchers in this year's parade: Kevin Barry Pipe & Drums Band, Sons of Erin on Cape Cod, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Colum Cille Pipes & Drums, and the Ancient Mariners Band.

For more details on parades throughout Massachusetts, click here.
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