The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Elects New Grand Marshal - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

02/29/04

The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Elects New Grand Marshal

It's a celebration rich in tradition. The Savannah Saint Patrick's Day parade is the most popular event in the city; and becoming the grand marshal is one of the most honored titles a person can receive. On Sunday, the 2004 parade committee elected a new marshal, who will have a little help from above.

The committee took less than 10 minutes to elect Father Joseph Ware for Savannah's 180th Saint Patrick's Day parade. "I'm proud and happy for Father Ware, he's a really great Irishman, but above that, a true man of GOD," said last year's Grand Marshal, Pete Conneff.

"This is the greatest day of my life," proclaimed Father Ware, whose ties with the parade go back 75 years. "When I was five, my father used to take me down to Stone Street behind St.Patrick's church. As I got older, there was a group in the neighborhood that used to form a line without official permission and we'd walk the whole parade."

For Savannahians who mark a celebration with roots all the way back to 1824, nothing is more important than history. Nobody reflects that better than the Grand Marshal of the 2004 parade.savannahian by birth, Irish by the grace of GOD. Father Joseph Ware.

You can watch Father Ware in the Saint Patrick's Day parade on Wednesday March 17th. If you can't be there in person, tune in to WTOC.we'll carry the entire parade starting at 10:15 that morning.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com

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