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Noted Colorado Historian Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel Named Grand Marshal of the 
2015 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Bellco

The 53nd Annual Parade – the Nation’s Largest West of the Mississippi – 
Will Wind Through LoDo Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14

DENVER (January 28, 2015) ­­– The 2015 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Bellco, themed the “Emerald Mile,” today announced event details. The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14th, 2015, and will be led by recently named Grand Marshal Thomas J. “Dr. Colorado” Noel. The parade will begin near Union Station, travel to Blake, march east on Blake ending at 27th street.  

The theme “Emerald Mile” is a tribute to Colorado’s Irish heritage, but also to the diverse background on a day when “Everyone is Irish.”  The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is unmatched this side of the Mississippi with more than an estimated 350,000 people lining the streets of the Mile High City for the celebration.

Grand Marshal Tom Noel, in addition to being a celebrated author of more than 40 books, is a history professor and Director of Public History, Preservation and Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. He also appears regularly on local media including 9News’ Colorado & Company and writes a regular column on Colorado history for The Denver Post. Among the books Noel has published are Irish DenverColorado Catholicism, The City & The Saloon, and Colorado: A Liquid History & Tavern Guide to the Highest State.

“It is an honor to have one of Colorado’s most-respected historians serve as Grand Marshal in one of Denver’s most historic events – the 53rd Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Bellco,” said Diann F. LaGrange, president of the board of directors of the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (DSPDPC).


Noel’s role as Grand Marshal is joined by his charitable partner the Western History/Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library, headed by Jim Kroll, one of Noel’s former University of Colorado Denver graduate students. The department’s Western History collection houses more than a million photographs of downtown Denver and historic Denver neighborhoods, including historically Irish communities. In early 2015, the department will add an additional 400,000 digital images from the Rocky Mountain News on the library’s website.

Denver Native Maureen McGinty Named 2015 Parade Queen
The parade organizers also announced Denver-native Maureen McGinty has been named the 2015 Queen Colleen. McGinty grew up in Arvada, graduated from Alameda High School and attended Red Rocks Community College. She is the youngest of three siblings, and comes from a large, close family who are all very excited to support during her reign. She is sponsored by McGinty Enterprises, and she is the epitome of an Irish maiden whose character reflects compassion, kindness, intellect and social responsibility.  

2015 Parade Week Events: 

  •  Proclamation Ceremony, Monday, March 9, 5:30 pm – City Council Chambers
  •  Lighting of the Denver City & County Building to green (to coincide with the proclamation) Monday, March 9 – dusk
  •  Changing of the Sign Ceremony – March12, 2015 – Time TBD

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About the 2015 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Bellco

The 2015 parade marks the tenth year that Denver-based credit union Bellco has served as the presenting sponsor. 

“The annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day parade is a marquee event that helps unite our great city and showcases the wonderful diversity of our community,” said John Rivera, senior vice president and Chief Retail Officer for Bellco. “On behalf of all of our employees and our nearly 250,000 members, we would like to thank the organizing committee and all of the volunteers for their hard work as they create such a successful parade.”

About the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is a not-for profit organization made up of more than 300 volunteers that has organized the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 1962. The parade, the largest in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, regularly draws more than 350,000 spectators along its 15-block route in the Lower Downtown neighborhood in Denver. For more information, please or find us on Facebook @Denver-St-Patricks-Day-Parade. 

About Bellco

Bellco is one of Colorado’s largest financial institutions, with more than $2.4 billion in assets and 20 branches in Colorado. Founded in 1936, Bellco offers a full range of financial products and services including mortgages, auto loans and checking accounts. Today, Bellco has more than 227,000 customers who benefit from the advantages of a credit union, including lower interest rates on loans, higher yields on savings and access to thousands of surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. Bellco actively supports the community by donating funds and employee volunteer hours to many Denver-area and Grand Junction organizations. “Like” Bellco on Facebook or “follow” @Bellco_CU on Twitter. Bellco is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Lender.


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