Superintendent John Macdonald Marches for St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, 2015 –For one day in March, Hunter Roberts’ employee John Macdonald’s hue changed from green to emerald. Macdonald, a superintendent on the NYCEDC’s Green Infrastructure project in Brooklyn, traded in his hard hat and work boots for a top hat and dress shoes, as he was chosen to represent his hometown of Richmond County as an aide in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Six aides representing divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians are chosen from each of the five boroughs and surrounding counties to escort the parade’s Grand Marshall. Macdonald said this is the closest most people get to being selected Grand Marshall.
“It felt great, and great is not even a strong enough word,” said Macdonald, who has marched in the annual parade 10 times.
Held since 1762, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators each year.