The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Delhi this year will feature retired Walton radio personality Ron Galley as grand marshal.
Organizers said he was chosen to honor his 47 years of service as Delaware County’s best-known voice, and for his involvement in the community.
“I’m going to have a ball,” said Galley, who hosted his last WDLA show in November. “To be grand marshal is pretty cool stuff.”
The ninth annual Delhi parade, sponsored by the Greater Delhi Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, March 23 at noon on Main Street in Delhi. The procession will follow a route from SUNY Delhi to Bridge Street and should last about an hour.
Irish and Irish-for-the-day revelers can expect to hear the returning Schenectady Pipe Band, The Leatherstocking District Pipe Band from Oneonta and the Binghamton-based Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band. The bands will perform on Courthouse Square following the parade, weather permitting.
The Delhi Fire Department and other departments from around Delaware County are scheduled to appear with marchers and fire trucks, and several SUNY Delhi student organizations are also participating. Organizer Tabitha Byam, a Delaware County Economic Development Administrative Assistant, said at least 100 people usually participate in the parade.
Galley has received kudos since his sign-off from the town of Walton, which proclaimed Dec. 11 Ron Galley Day. His resignation is not a retirement, as he still writes for The Reporter and staffs an Arc of Delaware County home on weekends.
“I wanted to volunteer when I got out of radio,” Galley said. And he has — offering commentary on Walton high school basketball games on YouTube live, and moderating a forum on the search for a principal last month.
With more time for his hobbies, sleeping in mornings has been the biggest change.
“I’m feeling pretty blessed actually,” Galley said.
Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .