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Legislator Dixon honors Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon presented a proclamation to Madonna Bugman Verrastro at Thursday’s session honoring her as the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Verrastro, a lifelong South Buffalo resident, graduated from Canisius College and is a member of St. Martin of Tours Parish. She volunteers for the United Irish American Association and Save the Michaels of the World, a group dedicated to raising awareness of prescription and drug addiction. 

“Congratulations to Madonna on receiving this honor for her outstanding work within our community,” said Legislator Dixon. “I look forward to seeing her lead the way for this year’s parade!”

Verrastro chose her children Amanda and Michael, granddaughter Layla and friends Thomas Young and Arthur Smith to join her as Deputy Marshals. She will also be joined by her eight siblings.

This year’s parade is dedicated to the memory of John McCormick and will have the theme “Hail to St. Patrick-Support Our Troops.” The parade begins at 2pm Sunday, March 18th and will travel down Delaware Avenue.