York's annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade will step off in March with a dedicated volunteer leading the way to a special anniversary celebration, organizers said.
The annual parade -- marking 30 years in York -- will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, according to committee chairman Sean Kenny.
And it will be led this year by Bryan Tate, a York native long known for his volunteerism in the community who will serve as grand marshal, Kenny said.
"I've known Bryan as long as I've been in York and he's been quite influential in my involvement in the community," Kenny said in a release. "So I'm thrilled to see him leading The York Saint Patrick's Day Parade this year."
Tate said he's long been a supporter of the event, and for the past few years has carried the lead banner in the parade.
"It's just an amazing day," he said. "I'm so excited."
The parade began in York in the 1980s, and a private group took over planning in 1999 when the city stopped running the event.
Organizer Mary Yeaple said the parade -- featuring about 100 marching groups and costing $20,000 -- has remained strong in recent years. Thousands come out to watch, and it's become a beloved local tradition, she has said.
Tate has worked at the York County Community Foundation since 2004, and also has done extensive volunteer work in the city, at places including the Cultural Alliance of York County, Downtown Inc and Martin Library. He previously served as the chief of staff to Rep. Todd Platts, from 1992 to 1998.
Organizers cited such community service as the reason for his selection as grand marshal.
Tate, an Irish-American, said he welcomes the new role, and he plans to be even more vocal in his support of the annual event.
"I want to share with others how great the parade is," he said. "It's a great opportunity to continue to help celebrate the city of York."
Saint Patrick's Day Parade organizers are still looking for sponsors. Anyone interested should call (717) 578-0146 or email YorkStPatParade@gmail.com.