Oklahoma City's 31st annual St. Patrick's Day parade is set for 1 p.m. Saturday and will feature grand marshal Peter Pembroke, 46, a first-generation American.
The Oklahoma City parade begins at Walker and Sheridan, proceeding east on Sheridan through Bricktown to Mickey Mantle Drive.
“It's a fast-moving parade with great entries for your entertainment,” said Paula Jones, parade director. “This don't-miss event is a free, fun and family-focused parade.”
A special entry this year is 4C's Gypsy Horses from Blanchard. Other parade participants include Bricktown Clowns, Fuller Fire Brigade, Jean Hill Irish Dance School, OKC Roller Derby and the Oklahoma Llama Association.
“Don't forget, everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick's parade day,” Jones said.
Pembroke's biography indicates his family is from Dublin County, Ireland. His siblings were born in Dublin, but the family moved to Milwaukee before he was born. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in sociology. He met his wife, Sandy, in Washington, D.C., and they live in Oklahoma City.
He has volunteered with the United Way annual campaign, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer fundraisers and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, according to his biography. He also serves as the Knights of Columbus Council 1038 grand knight.