CARMEL, N.Y. - The Northern-Westchester Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has named Carmel resident Bill Dowling to be the grand marshal for the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Mahopac this year.

Dowling received the honor on Feb. 1 at the committee’s Grand Marshal Installation Dinner.

Endowed with a natural love and respect for his Irish heritage, Dowling was an active member of the Emerald Association of Putnam County and the West-Put Gaels, where he was selected Gael of the Year in 1995. He also served on the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for several years.

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Dowling has been an active member of Our Lady of the Lakes Knights of Columbus 6318 since 1975, where he served as inside guard, outside guard, lector and sergeant-at-arms; he also served on the Board of Directors for many years. He has devoted many years to the Schmidt-Tangredi Squires, the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus youth group, involving boys 13 to 17 years of age.

Dowling said he looks forward to marching down Route 6 with his family on parade day.

Come and celebrate Irish heritage and being an American at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 10 in Mahopac. For more information and to register to march in the parade, visit www.saintpatricksdayparade.net.