Holyoke Parade winners celebrated for their heritage and achievements

A Holyoke philanthropist and banking industry leader, and the U.S. Secretary of Labor, along with five outstanding members of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, will finally be able to march on Sunday, March 20.

Originally set to wear their green in the 2020 parade, winners and festivities had to wait after the pandemic sidelined Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade for two years.

“So much has changed since March 2020, but so much has remained constant. One of those constants was, and still is, the desire and determination of the St. Patrick’s Day Committee of Holyoke, Inc. to once again host our parade, road race and all other associated events that make up the “Green Season”. “in the city of Holyoke and beyond,” said Marc Joyce, chairman of the parade committee. “We have worked hard over the past two years and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the return of Homecoming Weekend in Holyoke.”

The winners are:

  • David Glidden, president and CEO of Liberty Bank in Connecticut, whose personal and professional achievements earned him the John F. Kennedy National Award. Originally presented in 1958 as the Outstanding American of Irish Descent award, it was renamed in 1964 to honor its first recipient, John F. Kennedy, who at the time was a Senator and soon to be President of the United States.
  • US Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh, who was mayor of Boston at the time of the award two years ago, is the recipient of the Ambassador Award. The award is given to an individual who has worked to promote relations between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States.
  • The remaining five awards recognize members of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. John J. Driscoll was named Grand Marshal, Eileen Curran is the Citizenship Award winner, Brynn Gillis is the Thomas F. Rohan Award winner, Brian Donoghue is the George E. O’Connell Award winner, and John Beaulieu is the winner of the Daniel J. Award Recipient of the Gallivant Prize.

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