Grand marshal and Miss Emerald being honored Sunday
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade dignitaries are the city’s public works director and a local dancer.
Public Works Director Chris Saley will be this year’s grand marshal when the annual parade steps off Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in downtown Milford. And Foran High School student Sarah Grace Sugrue, a local dancer who has performed in area Nutcracker performances, will be this year’s Miss Emerald Isle.
Martin Hardiman, head of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, said former grand marshals selected Saley because of the work he has done through local politics, his fairly new job as public works director, and due to his role as a local businessman who has helped improve the Devon landscape.
Saley owns the Bridgehouse Restaurant in Devon, and Hardiman said Saley has been instrumental in sprucing up Devon business properties.
“We look for someone who has done a lot for the community,” Hardiman said.
This year’s selection committee chose Sarah as Miss Emerald Isle because of her enthusiasm, accomplishments and the way she engaged with past Miss Emerald Isles during a selection interview.
Kelly Alaina Scianna, a student at Jonathan Law High School, was chosen as runner up and will take on Sarah’s responsibilities if she can’t fulfill them, Hardiman said.
In addition to appearing as a key figure in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Miss Emerald Isle takes part in various events, including fund-raisers throughout the year.
This year’s grand marshal and Miss Emerald Isle will be honored at a dinner Feb. 22 at Aldario’s Restaurant on Naugatuck Avenue, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $45, and people interested in going must call Hardiman at 203-878-2865.
A pancake breakfast, which also raises funds for the parade, will be March 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall in downtown Milford. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door.
The annual parade is one of Milford’s most popular events, typically attracting more than 20,000 spectators. The parade has grown to include more than 50 marching units.