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Francis Xavier Comerford
Grand Marshal for the 2012 New York City
St Patrick's Day Parade


Francis Xavier Comerford, grand marshall for St Patricck's day parade

Francis Xavier Comerford
Grand Marshal for the 2012 New York City
St Patrick's Day Parade.




NEW YORK, NY - Monday, October 17th 2011; The St Patrick's Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the Grand Marshal for the 2012 New York City
St Patrick's Day Parade.

 It will be Francis X. Comerford, Chief Revenue Officer and President of Commercial Operations for NBC Owned Television Stations. Francis X. Comerford will have the honor of leading the 251th consecutive New York City St Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, March 17th, 2012.

Mr. Frank Comerford was born and raised in Brooklyn and traces his Irish ancestry to County Kilkenny. He is active in community affairs and has received numerous honors from many organizations recognizing his lifelong endeavors.

The New York St Patrick's Parade is the world's oldest and largest civic parade and celebrates "The Faith of Ireland, Irish heritage
 and Culture".

John Dunleavy, Chairman of the Parade, said, "We are delighted Frank has been selected as the 2012 Grand Marshal. He is an outstanding Irish American who has devoted a huge amount of his energy and charisma contributing to the legacy of the Irish in this great country. He has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Parade across the world through the media of television and the web. Indeed the Parade viewership has increased dramatically in recent years largely due to initiates supported by him and NBC. We are delighted he has accepted the honor to lead us on March 17th and we look forward to a wonderful day celebrating our Irish heritage with Frank at the helm."

The New York City St Patrick's Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Parade is regarded as the most popular of the all the Parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick - the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York and Ireland. The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world.

The occasion is televised live to millions of households nationwide for four hours by host station NBC 4 New York. The broadcast is web-cast live via the Internet through the Parade's web site at NYCStPatricksParade.Org and NBC 4's web site at .

For additional information regarding the 2012 Grand Marshal and Parade events leading up to the Parade, contact Hilary Beirne at the Parade Office or visit the NYC St Patrick's Day Parade web site at
www.NYCStPatricksParade.Org  .

2012 Grand Marshal


Francis X. Comerford is the Chief Revenue Officer and President of Commercial Operations for the NBC Owned Television Stations. In this role, Frank oversees all commercial efforts for the division's 10 television stations, on-line properties and digital out-of-home division and is responsible for developing new partnerships and business ventures that align the group's growth with the needs of its clients.

Frank grew up in Brooklyn in Our Lady of Angels Parish when he attended grammar school before attending Xavier High School. He holds a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Georgetown University. Frank currently resides in Brooklyn and Long Island with his wife, Maura, and their son Francis Jr. and he is still a member of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge. Frank Comerford traces his Irish heritage to County Kilkenny.

Frank has worked in the television industry for more than 30 years, including over 15 years with NBC. Before being promoted to his current role in April 2008, he was President and General Manager of NBC's flagship station, WNBC, in New York. During his tenure, he oversaw the station's conversion to high definition, expanded its community partnerships and increased locally produced content. Prior to his role at WNBC, Frank served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the NBC-owned stations group from 1999 through 2002. He joined NBC in 1994 and held various positions of increasing responsibility within the sales group, culminating with his 1996 promotion to Vice President of Sales for WNBC. Prior to joining NBC, Frank was with WSBK-TV in Boston from 1986 until 1994, serving in several different sales management positions. He began his career in the television industry in 1981 with Storer Television Sales in New York City.

Frank is very active in the community and serves on many charitable board, most notably the New York City St Patrick's Day Parade, Xavier High School, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the DeSales Media (Diocese of Brooklyn's television station), the Association for a Better New York, NYC & Company, Lutheran Medical Center, The Television Bureau of Advertising and The John A. Reisenbach Foundation.

Frank has been honored by several prestigious organizations, including the Child Abuse Prevention Program, Abilities School, the Diocese of Brooklyn "Distinguished Communicator Award," Friends of AHRC Nassau Autism Program, Shining Star Award, New Yorkers for Children, Nicholas Scarpetta Award for Service to Children and Chief Brehon of Brooklyn's Great Irish Fair, which benefits Catholic Charities. He was named a "Favorite Son of Brooklyn" with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declaring November 26, 2002 Frank Comerford Day. Frank was also honored by Medgar Evers College in 2004 and by the St Patrick's Parade Committee in 2003 with a Trustee Award. 

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