St. Pat's pa­rade seeks queen, court & Irish­man of the Year

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Who will rei­gn as queen of the se­cond an­nualHud­son St. Pa­trick's Day pa­rade, and who­will sit on­her court?

Though the an­ti­ci­pa­ted news has not been de­ci­ded, it soon will be.

Al­so up for grabs again this year is title of Irish­man of theYear.

The Hud­son St. Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade Com­mit­tee an­noun­ced its se­lec­tion pro­cess this week for the queen and court, and for Irish­man of the Year. Once cho­sen, the lo­cal lu­mi­na­ries will par­ti­ci­pate in theMarch 19 pa­rade, as well as du­ring se­ve­ral lo­cal events lea­ding up to the pa­rade.

Or­ga­ni­zers say anyone can no­mi­nate their fa­vou­rites for Queen of the Irish 2011 or Irish­man of the Year by filling in bal­lots, which­will soon be avai­lable in some Hud­son stores and res­tau­rants, or by sub­mit­ting their se­lec­tions by email.

And the pro­cess is open to all re­si­dents of the re­gion.

"Anyone who lives here (in Vau­dreuilSou­langes) can ap­ply, we would love to get people from other towns in­vol­ved," said Ga­ryMcKeown, amem­ber of the vo­lun­teer pa­rade com­mit­tee.

Can­di­dates for pa­rade queen must be 18 years or ol­der and should have some Irish back­ground or con­nec­tion. All no­mi­na­tions must include con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the can­di­date so the com­mit­tee can fol­low up.

The dead­line for no­mi­na­tions for the queen is Fe­brua­ry 28.

The queen and her court will be an­noun­ced and crow­ne­dat 6 p.m. onMarch 6 at theAu­ber­geWillow Place Inn, inHud­son.

Meanw­hile, no­mi­na­tions for Irish­man of the Year can be made by filling in bal­lots or emai­ling or­ga­ni­zers. The Irish­man of theYear should al­so have some Irish back­ground or con­nec­tion, and include con­tact in­for­ma­tion. The choi­ce­will be an­noun­ced and ce­le­bra­ted du­ring a spe­cial din­ner being held at theHud­sonLe­gion onMarch 11.

The dead­line for Irish­man of theYear no­mi­na­tions is March 7.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 514 513-3722 or 514 949-2177. All no­mi­na­tions can be emai­led to hud­son­pa­rade@vi­deo­

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