2018 GRAND MARSHAL
The tradition of celebrating, organizing and participating in St.
Patrick’s Day parades runs deep for Fergus Scully. Originally from Ireland, Fergus grew up watching his father serve as the Chairman of their hometown parade in Mountmellick, County Laois. In the early years of the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day parade, Fergus was more involved as a participant, building a float each year to be entered in the parade. As time went on, his level of involvement has grown tremendously. Some of you might even recognize him already from the Grand Stand as he has served as the Parade M.C. for the past ten years!
In the 1990s, Fergus first came to Long Island for a summer job and fell in love with the East End. A few years later, he chose the hamlet of Hampton Bays as his permanent home. Fergus and his wife Liz have two daughters, Caelinn and Saorla, both students at Hampton Bays High School.
One of the many tasks of the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is selecting a Grand Marshal to lead the parade and be honored by the community each year. As a member of the committee for years, this is a task that Fergus knows well - as he has often made recommendations of those he felt deserved the honor! A Grand Marshal should be a leader of the local community, someone who contributes selflessly for the betterment of all.
As an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Michael Collins Division 11, Fergus has been involved in much more than the parade.
There have been countless fundraisers over the years to help families and those in need, scholarships have been established to give money back to local students and a large amount of time has been invested in bringing events to the area that celebrate Irish culture. When not working on a project for the AOH, Fergus can be found helping to coach his daughters’ soccer team with the Southampton Soccer Club, at any number of events the kids participate in with the Hampton Bays Schools, or hosting the monthly Pub Quiz trivia night at Buckley’s Inn Between.
Fergus is truly honored to serve as Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade.