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From One Grand Marshal To Another

St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Judge Michael Dywer and 2010 Grand Marshal Frank Kealy

Utica, NY (WIBX) – Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer usually wears a black robe, but Tuesday night he was donning a green, white and orange sash.

Dwyer is the grand marshal of this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Utica, and was officially put in charge as he was passed the shillelagh by last year’s parade leader, Frank Kealy.

“It is very humbling. There are so many great Irish people in this area that have done so much for this community. I am honored to be put in their company. Past grand marshals have been such tremedenous assests to this area and I hope I can follow in their tradition,” Dwyer said.

“I do encourage everyone to be on their best behavior. There have been some problems in the past on St. Patrick’s Day, or the day of the parade. I encourage everyone to celebrate, but celebrate responsibly,” Dwyer said.

To reduce the chances that unruly revelers ruin the parade and post-parade festivities on Varick Street, Utica police today announced that no back packs, coolers, bottles or cans will be allowed along the parade route or on Varick Street.

Since then, police have stepped up security measures, including arming officers with video cameras, following a large brawl that occured during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration on Varick Street in 2007.

The parade begins Saturday morning at 10:00 on Genesee Street.

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