Kings & Queens
2017 King and Queen: Colby and Marie Kent
Both Marie and Colby grew up in Allentown, Marie in 6th ward, and Colby in 13th ward. Marie worshiped at Immaculate Conception Church and Colby at St. Catharine of Sienna. Marie graduated from Central Catholic in 1958 and Colby from Allentown High in 1956. In 1957, Marie was on the St. Patrick's Parade Queen's court. Her Uncle Buck and Annie Boyle were early committee members.

They met in 1956 and married at Immaculate Conception in 1959 while Colby was still in the Navy. In 1965 they moved to Coopersburg and still live in the same house where they raised 7 children; 5 girls and 2 boys. The family now includes 20 Grandchildren & 11 Great-grandchildren

Marie's Irish lineage is through Brigitte and Cornelius O'Donnell, who emigrated from Donegal in the 1800's. Her father, Daniel "Bunn" Donohue's family came from County Claire. We proudly recall that her Aunt Annie and Uncle George "Bucky" Boyle were St. Patrick's Parade King and Queen in 1967. Her Aunt Mary Donohue and Uncle Samuel McGovern also were St. Patrick's parade King and Queen in 1961.

Colby's mother's maiden name was McCoy, whose family emigrated from Derry; in the Ulster region, during the early 1800's. Grandparents Thomas and Florence McCoy lived in Newry, a small Irish developed town in western Pennsylvania.

Marie stayed at home to raise their children and later had a few part-time jobs when they were older. Colby had a 30 year career with IBM and is now President and co-owner of Computer Management & Marketing Associates for the past 26 years.

2016 King and Queen: Steve and Angela Faidley
Angela and Steve Faidley are originally from Vestal, New York and moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1986. Married 35 years, Angela is the owner of Out of Our Minds Art Studio in Macungie and has served on the Parade Committee for the last 5 years. Steve works for Wells Fargo as a Systems Support Consultant / IT. Their Parade ties go back to 1998 when they attended their first Coronation Ball and have had a float in the Parade since 2002.

2015 King and Queen: Greg and Roey Ebert
Greg and Roey Ebert continue a family tradition, with their coronation as King and Queen of the Allentown St. Patrick's Parade. Roey is a third generation Queen. Roey's Grandmother Catherine Ford was queen in 1985 and her mother, Rosemary was queen in 2000. "I feel like I am part of the family tradition of having fun and walking in the Parade and enjoying Allentown in all its Irish glory!" states Roey.

The Lehigh Valley knows Greg as the owner of Ebert Furniture Gallery in Allentown. Roey is the creator of the Emmy nominated PBS39 show Roey's Paintbox along with her studio of the same name located in Allentown. "The Parade brings us all together, Irish or not, in the spirt of celebration and friendship. It is a chance to celebrate a community" states Roey. This year they celebrate themselves and their family of six children; Maximus, Viven, Jack, Lana, Duke, and Pierce.

2014 King and Queen: Sean and Kimberly Gallagher
Sean and Kimberly Gallagher of Whitehall are the 2014 King and Queen of the Allentown St. Patrick's Parade. Sean and Kimberly, both life-long residents of the Lehigh Valley, are part of an Allentown St. Patrick's Parade dynasty. Sean's parents, Hugh and Jeanne Gallagher, were King and Queen in 1995 and continue to remain active on the Parade Board and Committee. Sean has been at every Parade since his birth in 1970 and has marched in every Parade since his parents were elected. Kimberly has attended every Parade since her marriage to Sean twenty-one years ago. Sean and Kimberly have two children. Connor is a 19-year-old sophomore at Moravian College and Keelin is 11 and a sixth grade student at St. John Vianney Regional School in Allentown. Being proud of their Irish roots has made its way down to Keelin who won the Parade's Annual Poster Contest this year. Keelin's work will be featured as a fold out in the 2014 Parade Program Book as well as at the Inaugural Irish Cultural Community Day being held March 22, 2014 at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

In addition to being named the 2014 King, Sean is also a nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2014 Man of the Year campaign. Kim is the owner of Bel-Esprit Salon on New Street in Bethlehem, and Sean is a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services, Inc. Sean and Kimberly will be riding in a white coach drawn by a team of Belgium horses followed by seven Parade divisions each led by a pipe band.
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