Grand Marshal William Connolly will lead the 39th annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade this Sunday, March 17.
He was installed as Grand Marshal by the Greenwich Hibernian Association at the organization’s annual dinner dance on March 2. Marching with Mr. Connolly will be his aides – his daughters, Jane Raviele and Beth Horton, his sons, Billy Connolly and Timothy Connolly and his daughter-in-law, Virginia Connolly.
Known to most people as Billy, Connolly is a lifelong Greenwich resident. His father, William, was born in Carlow, Ireland. His mother, Christina Moran Connolly was born in America, but her father, Michael Moran was born in County Cork, Ireland and her mother, Bridget Milligan Moran was born in County Galway, Ireland.
He attended the former St. Mary’s Grammar School in Greenwich and St. Thomas Seminary. He is a self-taught artist well known for his pen-and-ink drawings. His first drawing was of St. Mary Church on Greenwich Avenue—a drawing still used on church stationery.
The parade will begin at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., at 2 p.m. with the blowing of the official whistle by Greenwich Police Officer Stan Sanders. Marchers will proceed up Field Point Road, along West Putnam Avenue and then south down Greenwich Avenue.
Prior to the parade, the Hibernians will conduct its annual Irish flag raising ceremony at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. Members will then attend the 10:30 Mass at St. Mary Church on Greenwich Avenue. The public is invited to both the flag raising and Mass.