Often considered the social highlight of parade season, the Ball officially introduces the Parade Grand Marshal, the Queen and her Honor Attendant, the Committee, and the Honorees to the community in a formal event shaped throughout the evening with flavors and heraldry reminiscent of grand days past.
|The green hills of Ireland|
The Appreciation Award recipient, Patricia Judge Nester, has been a committee member for over 14 years. She has served on various fund-raising committees and has been co-chair for the Annual Corned Beef Dinners for eleven years! The dinners have successfully raised funds for the parade all of those years. Pat's father was a well-known banjo player and could be heard playing with local Irish Musicians in the New Haven area. Growing up with the sounds of jigs and reels helped form her interest in Irish music. Pat's husband of 60 years, Walter, was the 2011 Grand Marshal. On Parade Day, you will see Pat carrying her half of the committee banner as she has done since joining the committee.