Greenwich residents showed once again how much they love “the wearin’ of the green!” Large crowds had a grand time on March 22nd as the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade moved from Town Hall and down Greenwich Avenue. Longtime Greenwich resident Brian O’Connor (pictured below with his wife, Maura) was chosen by the Greenwich Hibernian Association to serve as Grand Marshal.
O’Connor is the oldest of four children of Thomas and Lois O’Connor whose ancestors hailed from County Kerry, Ireland He is now one of the leads in the law firm of Diserio, Martin, O’Connor and Castiglioni.
He has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations for many years including The Wild Geese, an Irish American cultural organization of which he was a longtime board member and president; as a board member and chairman of the Stamford United Way; and as a board member of the Interfaith Council of Fairfield County. O’Connor currently serves as a board member of the Business Council of Fairfield County (Treasurer); Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation (Vice-President); Kolby Cathedral High School; and the American Israeli Friendship League.
The Irish spirit of the day grew with each passing parade group from bag-pipe bands, to Irish step dancing troupes, to the Shriners famous mini-cars. Marching bands are always a highlight and this year the band from Port Chester High School was joined by the Fairfield Gaelic Band.