The Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee would like to THANK all the participants in this year's parade who braved the cold to watch or march.

The Float and Decoration Contest winners have been posted.  Another THANK You to all who participated.

The 2017 Dutchess County
St. Patrick's Parade
Grand Marshal is...
Eileen McDonald Sassmann


Eileen is fourth generation of the Gilmore "Clan" in the Village. Her Great-grandfather, grandmother and several aunts and uncles worked in the Bleachery until its close. Eileen is the oldest of the eight children of Eileen nee Mckay and Joseph McDonald.

Eileen is a Charter member of the Ladies AOH and chair of the Missions and Charity Committee.

Eileen graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School in Wappingers Falls in June of 1958; Mount St. Mary Academy in Newburgh in June of 1962 and Mount St. Mary College with a B.S. in Mathematics on June 1, 1966.

The High School years were made more interesting by the fact that the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge was not there so car, bus and ferry were part of her daily commute. Eileen is in the process of funding the McDonald Family Scholarship at Mount Saint Mary College and is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

From June 6, 1966 until December 1998 Eileen had a career in IBM Systems Programming. In 1980 until 1999 Eileen served as an IBM representative to the GUIDE (Guidance of Users of Integrated Data Processing Equipment) group for users of IBM computer systems. At the end of her IBM career she had attained the rank of Senior Technical Staff Member the second highest technical rank at that time.

Eileen was a mentor to many "kids" who called her "MVS Mom". In retirement Eileen became involved in many volunteer activities:

Chair of the village of Wappinger Falls' Comprehensive Plan Committee and chair and vice-chair of the Wappinger Creek Watershed Inter-municipal Council (WIC). Secretary of the Wappinger Greenway Trail Committee; Past President and Recording Secretary for the Mount Saint Mary Academy/High School Alumni Association; Grinnell Library Trustee in Wappingers Falls since 2008 and Secretary of the Special District Library board. Since 2007 Eileen serves as the part time Administrative Assistant to the Wappingers Falls Business and Professional Association; From 2005 until 2007 Eileen was co-owner of Leverage, Inc. a grant business which counted the Village of Wappingers Falls as one of its clients.

Since its inauguration, Eileen has been a supporter of the Dutchess County St. Patrick's parade including the creation and funding in the initial years of the House and Business Decoration contests and the host of the Clinton Street "reviewing stand"


Dutchess County
Saint Patrick’s Parade
Past Grand Marshals 

  •      1996 Father Charlie Coen
  •      1997 Ethel Brogan
  •      1998 Con Flaherty
  •      1999 Mary and Fred McVicker
  •      2000 Rev. Msgr. Francis P Bellew
  •      2001 Jim O’Brien
  •      2002 Michael J. Kelly
  •      2003 James Cunningham
  •      2004 Margaret Connolly
  •      2005 Dave Costello
  •      2006 Jack Fedigan
  •      2007 Tim Doyle
  •      2008 Noel Morris
  •      2009 Kenneth Brown
  •      2010 Gerard McVicker
         2011 Matthew P. Fitzgerald
         2012 Mary Jane Ekins Kelly
         2013 William "Bill" Brogan
         2014 Glen P. Kelly
         2015 Joe Daily 
         2016 Bruce Coneeny


Bill Brogan enjoying the 2005 Parade


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P.O. Box 1352
Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
Phone: (845) 297-0800
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