Carlos Arredondo - the man in the cowboy hat
Grand Marshal for Peace Parade
Local hero Carlos Arredondo and his wife Melida were named co-Grand Marshals of the Peace Parade which follows the traditional St. Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 16th. After losing his son Alex, a Marine, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, Arredondo has been a passionate peace activist. The Peace Parade is organized by Veterans for Peace which Arredondo is a member.
Arredondo was made famous after the Associated Press photos of him bravely pushing injured Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings. Arredondo is recognizable for wearing his signature cowboy hat.
Grand Marshal for this year's traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade is Brian Mahoney - Editor of the local newspaper South Boston Today - or as we like to call it South Boston 1974.