We are still months away from St. Patrick's Day, but the Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee got the ball rolling towards 2014 on Sunday.
The group gathered at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club to announce their award winners and parade marshall for 2014.
The parade marshall honor is going to Mary Beth O'Neill, who has spent many years working with Special Olympics.
She said it will be a privilege to lead the way for the committee at the parade next March.
"I'm so excited to be the parade marshall for Springfield and I'm honored it's because of the service I've done with special needs adults and children," said O'Neill. "I think that's important, I think it's part of our Irish heritage, recognizing people for their service to others."
The parade committee said while they focus on the day of the parade, they also add other events throughout the year to celebrate their heritage.
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