The board of directors of the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade announces James Iacino, chief executive officer of Seattle Fish Company, as the grand marshall for the 2019 parade.
James, grandson of Mose Iacino, founder of Seattle Fish Co., represents the third generation of the Iacino family in the seafood business. Seattle Fish Co. has served Denver since 1918. Today, Iacino oversees the largest seafood distribution operation in the region, including processing and distribution facilities in Denver and Kansas City, and a team that operates 24/7 to supply more than 15 million pounds of seafood annully throughout the Rocky Mountains. Iacino’s designated Marshall’s charity is Cooking Matters Colorado, an organization dedicated to helping end childhood hunger by teaching families struggling with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals.
“It is his company’s long history in Denver and the role James plays in the community that really inspired us to invite him to lead this year’s parade,” said Theresa Melaragno of the parade’s planning committee. “He has that combination of an exceptional businessperson and an inspiring community leader.”
Denver’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to 1889. The parade is the largest west of the Mississippi. It steps off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, from the corner of 19th and Wynkoop. After turning left on 17th to Blake Street, it will march east to end at 27th and Blake in the Coors Field parking lot. It will feature more than 10,000 marchers and 200 entrants including pipe bands; step dancers; floats; police, fire and emergency service agencies; military members; equestrians; charities; marching bands; businesses and our city’s dignitaries in a truly amazing event.
Bellco will be celebrating its 14th year as the presenting sponsor. “The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade represents a strong sense of community for Bellco, and we’re proud to be a part of it for our thirteenth year,” said John Rivera, Bellco senior vice president and chief retail officer. “Bellco serves the financial needs of more than 300,000 customers across Colorado, and we prioritize our local event sponsorships as an important way to give back to our community. We congratulate James Iacino on being named Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, and we thank the parade organizers for their hard work in carrying on this beloved local tradition.”
For more information about the parade, visit denverstpatricksdayparade.com
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