This year's parade we were blessed with sunny skies and a high of around 70F! We had over 120 official entrants and many more that showed up to march. This was the first year we had online Parade Court nominations.
Diamond is the daughter of Alvin and Talya Hargrove. She is an honor student and a junior at Huntsville High School. She is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Class Representative for Student Council, an athlete in track and field, Homecoming Court, Who's Who Among American Students and a member of the United Way Youth Leadership Council. Being success driven, Diamond has served as Sergeant in ROTC, Beta Sigma Upsilon member, academic award recipient, Academic Cheerleader, poetry winner, all state choir, Kitty Hawk Honors (ROTC) and held office for Young People Congress. Upon graduation, her future aspiration is to pursue a degree in animal science and a Veterinary of Medicine Doctorate Degree. Diamond believes giving is better than receiving. Her volunteer work includes Humane Society, CASA, American Red Cross, Feed the Hunger, Comedy Luau with proceeds benefiting Muscular Dystrophy, Comcast Cares Day, Harris Home for Children, Valley View Health and Rehab, Santa's Village, Huntsville Havoc and so much more. Her experience includes Intern for Animal Care, Animal Science Summer Program at AAMU, mentor for Drake State Summer Bridge Program and Black Pearl Select Salon (sales and distribution). She enjoys traveling, singing, spending time with family and friends, volunteering and taking care of animals.
Diamond's favorite aspect of the Irish culture is the festivities. There are so many fun festivities all centered around a good cause for celebration. Laughter and fun are good for the soul mixed with seriousness and focus helps make a well balanced person. She loves socializing and spending time with her family and friends. St. Patrick's Day is one day she looks forward to.
The history of St. Patrick reminds her of one of her life's mottos "If the mind can conceive, the body will achieve." Although St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved he managed to escape. He returned to be a missionary. St. Patrick did not lose hope and did not allow fear to consume his energy and hope. That is Diamond's concept on life. Perseverance, determination, praise and honor God applied to life helps add up to success.
Congratulations to all these lucky ladies!
2014 Grand Marshal
Stephen Stokes is the Mayor of Greystones, Ireland. The town is the 26th largest in Ireland, located south of Dublin City.
Stephen spent time growing up in California and North Carolina before returning to Ireland. Stephen recently graduated with an MA in American Studies from the Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. His thesis examined "Bill Clinton's Role in Ireland."
Stephen was elected to Greystones Town Council in 2009, aged 25, and was the 3rd youngest member of the 9 person Town Council. In June 2013, Stephen was elected Mayor of Greystones.
As Mayor, Stephen was delighted to welcome a delegation from Huntsville for a walk around Greystones in October 2013.
We would like to give a big thank you to this year's official parade photographer, Melissa Holley Photography!