Surrounded by female mentors – enjoying a cup of tea, an Irish tradition, Courtney Lundgren Connors is celebrating, relishing her role in the Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
“I’m the tenth female Grand Marshal,” she explains. And 2019 is being called “The Year of the Woman”.
“It is The Year of the Woman in that women can do anything but I think a special thing is when you have a partner that appreciates that and supports it and my husband Leo is so amazing and supportive,” says Connors, an assistant controller for financial reporting at Yale University and mother of three young children. “I think for my daughter to see me doing these types of things, I think it’s important for her to have a role model,” she says.
Connors looked-up to her grandmother who urged her to run for Queen in 2007. Her stint as Honor Attendant inspired further work with the Parade Committee.
“When I started marching in the top hat and tails she said, ‘If you’re going to be wearing a tuxedo, you need some bling and wear good earrings and a red lip,'” says Connors with a smile.
The yearly event conjures up wonderful memories.
“I used to go to the parade with my grandparents and watch my dad come marching down,” she remembers.
Looking back…and looking forward to March 10th.
“You look around and it’s not just Irish families,” she says. “It’s everyone in New Haven and it’s generations together.”
Connors will lead the parade feeling strong and proud – with her grandmother in her heart – and other loved ones by her side.
“It’s me, my father and my children all marching together – 3 generations leading it together is really special,” she says with emotion. “Once you’re in the parade, walking along, saying, ‘I helped make this happen,’ it’s amazing.”
News 8 is your home for All Things Irish. Tune into our live special coverage of the Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10th. Coverage begins at 1pm on News 8.
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