Dr. Seamus Carey Named Parade Grand Marshal

Transylvania University President to Lead March 12 Parade

Dr. Seamus Carey, the 26th president of Lexington’s Transylvania University, has been named as the Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The son of Irish immigrants, Carey grew up in Bronx, New York.  A well-known educator and author, Carey is an avid athlete, having played Irish football and hurling. He was also a basketball player and was recruited by, and played for, Vassar College. It was at Vassar where Carey, the first generation in his family to attend college, found and developed a passion for education and philosophy.

Carey joined Transylvania University and the Lexington community in June 2014 and was officially inaugurated last October. Prior to his appointment, Carey served as Dean of the Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

In naming Carey as Grand Marshal, the Bluegrass Irish Society cited the work he has begun to transform Transylvania. “Dr. Carey’s investment in mentoring students and creating leaders with character, strength and humility reflects the values of our Irish culture,” said Bill Enright, president of the Bluegrass Irish Society. “We are honored to have Dr. Carey and his wife, Noreen, represent Irish-Americans in Central Kentucky and join us for the parade and festival.”

The Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation sponsors the 37th annual parade and festival with community support from local businesses and cultural organizations.  The events are part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the 10th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity.  At 11 a.m., the annual “Blessing of the Keg” at the Alltech tents in Cheapside Park kicks off the free daylong Irish festival.  The parade, with Carey as Grand Marshal, begins at 1 p.m. and goes down Main Street from Midland Avenue to Mill Street.

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Image of Dr. Seamus Carey, Transylvania University President