Councilman James Wooten marching in the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade. File photo: Courtney Blasl

Councilman James Wooten will be inducted next weekend as the grand marshal of the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The ceremony will take place at Jason’s Vineyard on Main Road in Jamesport at a Feb. 25 fundraising event for the East End Emerald Society, which hosts the parade. A $25 donation includes refreshments and buffet, a 50-50 raffle, a chinese auction, DJ and pipers. The event starts at 5 p.m.

Wooten, a fifth-generation Riverhead resident, was elected to the Riverhead Town Board in 2007, after a career as a Riverhead Town police officer. He was named Crime Prevention Officer of the Year by New York State in 1999 for his work on neighborhood watch programs and twice honored by his peers with the PBA Officer of the Year award. Wooten is a deacon of the First Congregational Church of Riverhead, is married to Rebekah and has a daughter, Alivia.

The councilman follows past grand marshals Sean McCabe (2016), Allen Smith (2015) and Jack Cuddy (2014).

As grand marshal, Wooten will lead this year’s parade — the fourth annual — which takes place on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 1 p.m. The parade route extends along Main Road in Jamesport from Washington Avenue to Manor Lane.

For more information about the event and the parade visit the East End Emerald Society’s website.

See photos from last year’s parade here.

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Denise Civiletti
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