The Mystic Irish Parade, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, announces that Michael Crowley, Chief of the Groton Police Department, is the Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Parade this year.
The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation has established such a tradition in Mystic and Southeastern Connecticut. Local participation, says the foundation, has made this parade “a keystone in family entertainment and a phenomenal Irish/Celtic cultural event for people of all ages. As the Irish would say, ‘Tús maith leath na hoibre!’ (‘A good start is half the work’) so congratulations on an amazing ten years and cheers to many more celebrations to come!”
The parade on March 24 will be on Sunday, March 24, starting at 1 p.m. at Mystic Seaport and heading south through downtown Mystic. More than 100 units and 1600 marchers are expected.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Mr. Crowley as our Grand Marshall this year. Not only has he committed his life to making our community a safer place, but has gone above and beyond to making sure it is a better place too,” says Neil Ryan, vice-president of the foundation.
Mike has the credentials.
Said the foundation, “Michael Crowley’s paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the Blackstone Valley region of Massachusetts in 1824 from County Cork, Ireland. Mike grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, taking his first job as an EMT-I with the Worcester City Ambulance. His dedication to the community’s safety transpired into a desire to become a police officer. He soon fulfilled his dream and joined the Hartford Police Department in 1982, his start to a successful 31-year career.
“In 1985, Mike paid a visit to Southeastern Connecticut and fell in love with the area. He soon transferred to the Groton Town Police Department and since, has not only served on the Groton Narcotics Task Force, but the Statewide Narcotics Task Force as well. Besides also serving on the Dive Team and Special Response Team, Mike was instrumental in developing the department’s first bicycle patrol, later becoming an International Instructor for Bicycle training.
When appointed Chief of the Groton Police Department in 2011, he said, “I have risen through the ranks, holding every supervisory position before being appointed Chief. That was a lifelong dream.”
Mike graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a ten-week training session in Quantico, Virginia.
This year’s major sponsors include Levine Distributing, F&F Distributors, and The Day. For sponsorship opportunities, volunteering or more information, please visit www.mysticirishparade.org.
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