PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The St. Patrick’s Day parade will honor a man who focused on keeping Pittsburghers safe for decades.

Next Saturday’s parade will be dedicated to the memory of Glenn Cannon.

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Pittsburgh’s former Public Safety director died earlier this year at the age of 72.

He was a faithful member of the Pittsburgh Irish community and a longtime organizer of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be Tim Finnerty, the assistant Allegheny solicitor and longtime member of the parade committee.

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The parade will also feature Miss Smiling Irish Eyes.

(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade)

Stephanie O’Donnell graduated last year from Penn Trafford High School and is a volleyball player at Slippery Rock University.

The court maidens are Allderdice senior Courtney McGinley and Seton LaSalle graduate Kelly Bench.

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Pittsburgh was just ranked among the best cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.