2017 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal
ARTHUR H. FITZGERALD, JR.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Parade to everyone!
We are proud to introduce the Grand Marshal for the 21st Annual Charlotte Goes Green Parade, Art Fitzgerald.
Art is one of the founding members of the Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation, Inc. & has been the Parade Director for many years. As Parade Director Art was responsible for the organizing and staging of the Parade’s Line of March on the day of the parade. He also had the pleasure of being in the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard that has lead the Parade for many years. He was the Guard on the right side, next to the United States Flag, calling cadence in the purple outfit.
Art is retiring from being the Parade Director and most of his other duties. He would like to thank everyone that has helped him stage the Parade and Festival and especially the spectators that have cheered as we came down the Parade route.
We would like to thank Art for all of his hard work & dedication to making the parade the best in Charlotte.
We’ll miss you!
Former GRAND MARSHAL’S INCLUDE:
- 1997 – Pat Terrell – Carolina Panthers Player
- 1998 – Bob Knowles – WBTV Broadcaster
- 1999 – Rob Walsh – President, Center City Partners
- 2000 – Mike Collins – Charlotte Radio & TV Personality
- 2001 – Jerry Healy – Principal Holy Trinity Middle School & Charlotte Catholic High School
- 2002 – Deputy Chief David Duffey – Charlotte Fire Department
- 2003 – Mayor Pat McCrory – Mayor of Charlotte
- 2004 – Ray Farris – Prominent Charlotte Attorney
- 2005 – Jim Babb – Charlotte Broadcast Executive
- 2006 – Moira Quinn – SVP Communications & COO of Charlotte Center City Partners
- 2007 – Dublin American Bus Connection – Members of Dublin, Ireland Public Transportation Workers
- 2008 – Maureen O’Boyle – WBTV Broadcaster
- 2009 – Mayor Pat McCrory – Mayor of Charlotte
- 2010 – Dr. Pete Gorman – Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Superintendant
- 2011 – Honorable Paul Gleeson – Irish Consul General
- 2012 – Bill Duffy – CFO, Charlotte Bobcats
- 2013 – Governor Pat McCrory
- 2014 – Thomas Murray – CEO Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
- 2015 – Dr. R. John Young – Honorary Consul of Ireland for North Carolina
- 2016 – Anne Anderson – Ambassador of Ireland to the United States