2017 Grand Marshals

The City of Fort Lauderdale is honored to announce the Grand Marshals for this year’s St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival:  J. David Armstrong, Jr., President of Broward College; Dr. George L. Hanbury II, President/CEO of Nova Southeastern University; and Dr. John Kelly, President of Florida Atlantic University.

All of these gentlemen have made outstanding contributions to the progress and advancement of higher education on a local, state and national level.  Their leadership, vision and unbridled passion have brought far-reaching recognition to our community while strengthening our standing as a center for world-class education, cutting-edge research, and transformative community engagement.

Collectively, these three presidents are preparing our young people for a diverse range of professional careers, contributing knowledgeable and skilled workers to a myriad of industries and businesses, and grooming our future world leaders. Their exemplary accomplishments and achievements are fulfilling Fort Lauderdale’s shared citywide vision of being a globally recognized hub for academic and educational excellence, as well as an outstanding place to live, work, play, visit and raise a family.