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UNCW’s Paul Townend and Mary Townsend are Co-Grand Marshals  
 The 21st Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day ParadeAnnounces UNCW’s Dr. Paul Townend and Mary Theresa TownendAs Parade Co-Grand MarshalsCape Fear Literacy Council to Serve as Parade Partner  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2020Wilmington, NC — The Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee today announced that UNCW’s Dr. Paul Townend and Mary Theresa Townend have been appointed Co-Grand Marshals of the 21st Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on March 14, 2020, in downtown Wilmington.  Each Co-Grand Marshal has strong ties to the local Irish-American community. Paul Townend is a Professor of Irish History and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Townend has published numerous books and articles that address various aspects of Irish history and culture. He is also active in the Wilmington community and has appeared locally, nationally and internationallyas a speaker on historical topics. Mary Theresa Townend, Professor Townend’s mother, is a native of Cork City, Ireland, and, like many Irish women before her, raised a family in America while also working full-time (serving as a nurse) and has always been active as a community volunteer in other helping professions.   Professor Townend commented that he and his mother are honored to lead this year’s Parade, especially given that the Parade is in its 21st year and remains a significant local celebration of Irish-Americans in our community and in America. Joe Costy, spokesperson for the Committee, stated that the appointment of this year’s Parade Co-Grand Marshals represents the continuing efforts of the Cape Fear Irish-American community to expand its presence, awareness and outreach in the region and celebrate an ongoing tradition of education and service.  Mr. Costy also noted that the Committee has appointed Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) as the Parade partner. CFLC, celebrating its 35th year, provides personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community, one in which all adults have the literacy skills they need to succeed.CFLC will conduct a book drive at the Annual Music Night on February 15 and at the post-Parade Festival on March 14. The Committee annually organizes the Parade, which has been described as one of the Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Parades in small cities in America. After the Parade ends, the Downtown Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Festival  commences with music, food and activities for the entire family.  In addition to the Parade, the Committee organizes an Annual Irish Music Night with live traditional Irish music and dancers. For information about the Parade and the Irish Music Night: http://www.wilmingtonparade.com , or contact Joe Costy at 919-270-6053, wilmingtonparade@gmail.com About CFLC: www.cfliteracy.orgAbout Professor Townend: https://uncw.edu/hst/facstaff/townend.html About the Festival: www.coolwilmington.com