O’Sullivan comes from a family of five boys and two girls with a long history of involvement in the parade. His brother, Michael, was grand marshal in 2006 and named their Irish immigrant father, the late Patrick O’Sullivan, as deputy grand marshal. Rick has selected his mother, Janet, as his deputy.
“My mother’s Scottish so I had to talk her into it,” he said.
This year’s parade, dedicated to the memory of real estate broker Daniel F. Hannon III, begins at 2 p. m. March 20 from Niagara Square, after a 10:30 a. m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec in St. Joseph Cathedral.