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Patricia Devine named grand marshal of Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade

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It was an exciting day for The Holyoke's St. Patrick's Committee. They named the 2016 grand marshal, who will lead the 65th parade in late March. 

The grand marshal is the highest local honor given to a person of Irish ancestry.

This year's recipient was Patricia Devine.

"This is the best thing that has ever happened to me as a member of the parade committee. It's just a special group of people, it's like family," said Devine. "I'm just looking forward to all the events, bringing the community together, just enjoying every bit of it."

The award is given to someone who has distinguished themselves as a loyal person to the parade committee, their career, their family, and to their Irish ancestry. 

Devine says she's excited to get started.

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