Chosen St. Patrick's Day Parade queen hails from Waterford

New London — Darcy VanNess of Waterford has been chosen queen of the city’s March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

In her interview with the parade committee, VanNess said as a girl with Irish heritage, she’s always identified St. Patrick’s Day as a time for connecting with friends and family and having a good time. She encourages everyone in the community attend the “Everyone is Irish for a Day” themed parade 1 p.m. March 17 in downtown New London.

Also chosen to serve on the queen’s court are Heather Cote of New London, Katy Murphy of Waterford and Bethany Paige of Groton.

The queen and her court were selected on the basis of personality, poise, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. They will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community.

VanNess attends the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, works part-time at the Waterford Public Library and wants to be an art therapist for children in inner-city schools. Her ambition is to become to open her own practice.

She helped plan a “Rock for Japan” relief concert, contacting local bands, designing T-shirts to sell, and raffling off donated goods from local businesses. She also raised over $1,000 for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts, and plans to organize another benefit to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy and the recent snowstorm.


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