- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York State trooper has been selected to be the official starter for New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Parade organizers have named Technical Lt. Michael Greco of Troop NYC.

They say it marks the first time that a state trooper will officially blow the ceremonial starting whistle.

The 253rd annual parade is scheduled for March 17. It’s the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the nation.

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee says Greco was chosen for his loyalty and dedication to the New York State Police.

He’s a 32-year veteran of the force.

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