Organizers of the sixth annual Am O'Gansett Parade, happening on March 15 at 12:02 p.m., may have outdone themselves in the selection of this year's grand marshal.
The grand marshal of what is said to be the world's shortest parade, a sort of alternate-universe St. Patrick's Day march, cannot be of Irish heritage. In a way, officials of the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, who oversee the parade's planning, have satisfied that requirement: They have named the Amagansett School this year's grand marshal.
The parade begins on Main Street outside of Mary's Marvelous and proceeds to the Mobil gas station at the corner of Main Street and Indian Wells Highway.
"We're delighted," Eleanor Tritt, the school's superintendent, said on Friday. "It's really exciting. We're looking forward to it." Ms. Tritt learned of the honor bestowed on the school on Thursday afternoon. "We're going to be sending information home to parents today," she said. "Some people may have already made plans, but I'm sure that everybody in town will want to participate."
Students, parents, alumni, faculty, and board members will be invited to march, Ms. Tritt said. "It should be a lot of fun."
Following the parade, there will be children's activities at Miss Amelia's Cottage.