Gary and Cathy Jude named Grand Marshals


Gary and Cathy Jude were selected as the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshals and will finally have a chance to see the parade from the inside-out. (Photo by Sam Zuehl)

Gary and Cathy Jude have missed only one St. Patrick’s Day celebration in all their years in Maple Lake, yet they have never seen the entire parade.
For the past 40 years, the couple has been too busy either marching or helping with the festivities to view the parade, beginning to end.
This was the year they were going to pull out the lawn chairs, and for once just enjoy the show. But with the announcement of this year’s Grand Marshals, those plans have been changed, and pleasantly so.
Cathy was on vacation in Arizona when she received the news that she and her husband Gary were named the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals.
“It was a shock, but it’s an honor,” Cathy said.
The Judes were nominated and ultimately chosen because of their dedication and service to the community.

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