Honorees and dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Cosgrove Center including Grand Marshall Bill Homan, Mother of the Year Eileen Kilroy, Inside Co-Chair Patti Maher Hanrahan and Outside Co-Chair Sr. Corita Ambro. Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish and Councilman Blaine Griffin were also there.
Katie Cooper led the Irish anthem in Gaelic and then the US anthem. Bishop Nelson Perez gave an invocation and the parade was dedicated to the late Bill Carney whose family was on the steps.
Then Grand Marshall Bill Homan blew the whistle to begin the Parade.