(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
St. Patrick’s Day may be months away but planning for the annual parade in South Boston has already begun, with the installation of the parade’s Commander and Chief Marshal.
Bill Desmond, last year’s Chief Marshal, was named the Commander for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day parade. Desmond, a U.S. Navy veteran and South Boston native, has seen a number of parades in his day growing up on East Fourth Street.
Last year Desmond told Boston.com that the parade is often the highlight of the year for many in the neighborhood.
“I couldn’t imagine a time without a parade. It’s something to look forward to,” Desmond said. “It’s about the community coming together to remember its history. It's a celebration and a commemoration.”
Ed Flynn, another South Boston native and U.S. Navy veteran, will be taking over for Desmond as Chief Marshal for 2013.
“This historic celebration represents the proud traditions of our South Boston community and the values of our country,” said Flynn. “For me, Evacuation Day [St. Patrick's Day Parade] and the many community events are about shared values of service to our country and community. It is also about our South Boston neighborhood and a reminder about our commitment for a safe and caring South Boston community for our children, families, elderly and all our fellow citizens.”
Both of the veterans and the South Boston Allied War Veteran Council will be working over the coming months to organize the floats, performers and vendors who make up the neighborhood’s St. Patrick’s Day parade that often sees crowds of over a half-a-million.
For pictures from 2012’s parade, click here.