Alfred E. Smith IV, Grand Marshal of the 252nd St. Patrick's Day Parade, joined by Parade Committee members, will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring The Closing Bell in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
The 2013 Grand Marshal, Mr. Smith is the great-grandson of the legendary Al Smith, Governor of New York, and serves as the Director, Secretary, and Dinner Chairman for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He worked on Wall Street for over 25 years and is active in many community affairs. He has received numerous honors from many organizations recognizing his lifelong endeavors on both sides of the Atlantic. Click here
for Al Smith's full bio.
This year's Parade will honor the work of Covenant House, the organization which for over 40 years has been caring for New York City's homeless and runaway youth. As part of the celebration, 50 formerly homeless youth, many of whom lived on the streets of New York City, will march in the parade.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
NYSE Security Checkpoint at Exchange & Broad Street
3:30 p.m. Media escorted into the building for bell ringing
4:00 p.m. The Closing Bell rings
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About the St. Patrick's Day Parade:
The New York City St Patrick's Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen Years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Parade is regarded as the most popular of the all the Parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick - the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York and Ireland. The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world.
This year's Parade takes place on Saturday, March 16th. The event begins at 11 a.m. and is televised live to millions of households nationwide for four hours by host station WNBC Channel Four. The broadcast is webcast live via the internet through the Parade's web site at NYCStPatricksParade.Org and WNBC Channel Four web site at www.wnbc.com