Marathon hero named Grand Marshal of other parade
BOSTON (AP) — The man in the cowboy hat captured in a famous photo pushing a victim away from scene of the Boston Marathon bombing was named Grand Marshal of the city’s alternate St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday.
Carlos Arredondo and his wife, Melida, were named co-Grand Marshals of the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade scheduled for March 16, organizers said.
The parade, organized by Veterans for Peace, follows one mile behind the traditional parade on the same route, but is not affiliated with the event organized by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.
The Peace Parade allows anyone to march, including gay groups that are allowed to carry banners.
Arredondo, whose son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Alex Arredondo, was killed in Iraq in 2004, is a longtime member of Veterans For Peace.
The image of Arredondo, wearing a beat up cowboy hat and helping push a wheelchair carrying the severely injured Jeff Bauman from the blast scene, was captured in an Associated Press photo.
“Boston Strong means all of us uniting together whether at a tragedy or against bigotry and exclusion, or the need for peace” Arredondo said in a statement.
“We should all come together, combine the two parades into one big parade and allow everyone, straight, gay, peace, old and young to all participate together celebrating St. Patrick,” he said.
Last year’s Peace Parade had six bands, floats, and 2,500 participants, organizers said.