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Grand Marshal Gerry Creighton, 75, of Kings Park, (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

Grand Marshal Gerry Creighton, 75, of Kings Park, waves to the crowd at the 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Kings Park. (March 3, 2012)

2012 St. Patrick's Day grand marshals

It's that time of year when communities throughout Long Island host St. Patrick's Day parades. And with each parade there is a grand marshal -- someone from the community chosen to lead the parade.

Peter Feehan, 52, has been named as this
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Peter Feehan, 52, has been named as this year's grand marshal for the St. Patrick's Parade of Patchogue.
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For 15 years, Maria J. Scott has been
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For 15 years, Maria J. Scott has been on the Brentwood St. Patrick's Day parade committee maintaining and planning the annual event as chief parade coordinator. Now, the Brentwood woman is leading it as grand marshal.
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Mickey and Valinda Valcich enjoy the New York
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Mickey and Valinda Valcich enjoy the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. Mickey Valcich is the grand marshal of the 50th annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)
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Kathleen Alcock, 73, has been selected as the
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Kathleen Alcock, 73, has been selected as the grand marshal for the 16th St. Patrick's Day parade in Rockville Centre. She is the first woman to hold that title.
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George Skidmore, 76, will be the grand marshal
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George Skidmore, 76, will be the grand marshal of the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 24.
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Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos will lead
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Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos will lead the 24th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day parade as its grand marshal.
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Suffolk County District Court Judge John J. Toomey
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Suffolk County District Court Judge John J. Toomey Jr. is the grand marshal of the 28th annual St. James St. Patrick’s Day parade.
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The grand marshals of the Bay Shore/Brightwaters St.
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The grand marshals of the Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick's Day parade received their sashes March 3. This year 25 Purple Heart recipients are leading the parade as the grand marshals. Pictured from left to right are: Edward Ryan, Joseph Horton, Brian Mahoney, Gary Smith, Kenny Pue, Thomas Doxsee, Frank Romeo, Michael Costello and Daniel Garcia.
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Jeff Frayler, 59, of Bohemia, is the grand
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Jeff Frayler, 59, of Bohemia, is the grand marshal of Huntington’s 78th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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Lee Sinnickson was chosen as grand marshal of
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Lee Sinnickson was chosen as grand marshal of the Moriches St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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Jeff A. Davis, 60, of Rocky Point, will
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Jeff A. Davis, 60, of Rocky Point, will lead the 62nd Annual Miller Place/Rocky Point parade as the grand marshal.
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Michael Pitcher, 61, of Westhampton Beach, left, and
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Michael Pitcher, 61, of Westhampton Beach, left, and Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee member Dick Herzing celebrate Pitcher being named grand marshal of the 2012 parade.
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Anne Kelly, the outreach director of St. Joseph's
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Anne Kelly, the outreach director of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma, will lead the town's St. Patrick's Day parade as grand marshal. (March 1, 2012)
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Diane and Dennis Harkoff, owners of Legends restaurant
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Diane and Dennis Harkoff, owners of Legends restaurant in New Suffolk, are the grand marshals for the North Fork Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick's Day parade.
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Flo and Alden Olsson are this year's grand
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Flo and Alden Olsson are this year's grand marshals of the Bayport-Bluepoint St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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Gerry Creighton, 75, of Kings Park, is the
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Gerry Creighton, 75, of Kings Park, is the grand marshal of the second annual Kings Park St. Patrick's Day parade. In this picture, she stands with her husband, Smithtown Town Councilman Bob Creighton.
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Betty McLoughlin, 66, of Bayside, Queens, receives her
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Betty McLoughlin, 66, of Bayside, Queens, receives her grand marshal sash at an Irish American Society dance in Mineola. Her children Francis, Breda and Seamus celebrated with her.
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Eamon Fitzgerald, 75, is the grand marshal of
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Eamon Fitzgerald, 75, is the grand marshal of the the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade.
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