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In memory of Michael J Crowley, our 10th Grand Marshal and a devoted advocate of the parade. His passion for all things Irish lives on in our hearts. We’ll miss him dearly.

Mystic Irish Parade organizers select Stonington’s Bill Turner as 2024 Grand Marshal

Bill Turner, former Board President of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Citizen of the Year as selected by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and descended from good Irish stock in County Leitrim and County Galway will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2024 Mystic Irish Parade

Mystic Irish Parade officials made the announcement Monday morning at Sift Bakery in downtown Mystic. The 2024 Mystic Irish Parade is scheduled for March 24, at 1 p.m.

“Bill embodies all that we feel is critical to serving as the Grand Marshal of the Mystic Irish Parade,” said Neil Ryan, President of the Mystic Parade Foundation. “Bill’s community service goes above and beyond, and he has proven that he is part of the fabric of the greater Mystic region. We are thrilled that Bill is leading the 2024 edition of the Mystic Irish Parade.”

Turner, a Sales Executive with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties, is also the owner of Stonington’s Kentford Farm, known for its historic home and garden restoration. He served on the Stonington Police Commissioners, is President of the Mystic & Noank Library Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Old Mystic Fire District Board of Directors and Center for Hospice Care Executive Board.

Turner also was the Legislative liaison for Mystic Seaport and Thompson Exhibition Building. He is a member Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

As the winner of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation’s ‘Best Float’ award in 2011, Tuner is eminently qualified to serve as Grand Marshal.

The Grand Marshal is carefully selected each year by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation’s Board of Directors. Regardless of their heritage, the primary prerequisite for leading the parade in this role is honoring, supporting, and being a positive, contributing member in the Southeastern Connecticut community.

The annual Mystic Irish Parade has grown to be the region’s largest parade, with more than  2,000 participants and 30,000-plus spectators each year. The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that raises money to fund local charities.

In addition to organizing a spectacular parade for the community and raising funds for these charitable organizations, the foundation also hosts an annual Irish Dinner and produces and funds the Grand Colleen Scholarship Contest. The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sharing Irish heritage through our website, Facebook page, and other events throughout the year. For more information please visit

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