The 2013 edition of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Carbon County will be a family affair.

That's because the O'Donnell Family will be featured, from the grand marshal to the aides, when the event is held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Jim Thorpe.

Peggy Sue O'Donnell, a popular noted area driver for the United Parcel Service, who has been a friendly presence on Broadway in Jim Thorpe for 28 years, will have the honor of grand marshal (see related story).

Her brothers, Francis "Dubber" and Michael "Doc," and her cousins, Jean and Joan O'Donnell, will join her as official aides to the grand marshal.

"This year, the aides to the grand marshal are all related to the grand marshal," noted Ronald J. Sheehan, a parade originator and close friend of the O'Donnell family. "Two are brothers and two are cousins, all of whom have been very active with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St., Patrick's Day Parade. The committee feels this speaks volumes about the strong family values and ethnic pride that the O'Donnells have been raised with and that individually and as a group they best represent our motto of 'Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.'"

About the aides

Francis O'Donnell

Francis "Dubber" O'Donnell was born and raised in Mauch Chunk, graduating from Jim Thorpe High School and Bloomsburg State College.

He worked for the railroad for 38 years, beginning with the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, then Conrail and currently with CSX, Jacksonville, Fla.

He moved to Florida in late 1999 due to a railroad merger and currently works as a financial analyst in the engineering department of CSX.

He is a charter member and charter officer of the A.O.H., having served as its first financial secretary.

He has one daughter, Kristin, who made him a proud grandfather for the first time in November, 2012, when Carter Ethan was born.

Michael O'Donnell

Michael A. "Doc" O'Donnell is a son of the late Francis E. and Margaret C. O'Donnell.

Raised in Jim Thorpe, he attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, until relocating to Jacksonville, Fla., in 2001.

He is a 1974 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and a 1976 graduate of the Allentown Business School with a degree in business.

Michael worked in the office of the Carbon County Controller and later for Jay Thatcher Accountants. He was also employed locally by the American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe.

He is presently employed as a concierge at the Hilton Hotel, St. Augustine, Fla.

A charter member of the A.O.H., Alec Campbell Division 1, Carbon County, he has served as co-chairman of Project Children and held the A.O.H. office of Freedom for All Ireland.

Jean O'Donnell

A daughter of the late Betty and Joe O'Donnell, she is a lifetime resident of Jim Thorpe.

She attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School, Jim Thorpe, and graduated in 1982 from Marian High School, Hometown.

She began working part-time for the County of Carbon after graduation and was hired full-time on March 18, 1985. Currently, she is a technician in the Geographic Information System Mapping Department in the Courthouse Annex, Jim Thorpe.

She is a charter member of the LAOH, Molly Maguire Division 1, and currently serves as the recording secretary. She served as the division's financial secretary in 1997 and was a member of the Freedom for All Ireland and Immigration and Legislation committee in 2010.

She is a social member of American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe.

Joan O'Donnell

A daughter of the late Betty and Joe O'Donnell, she is a lifetime resident of Jim Thorpe.

She attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School, Jim Thorpe, and graduated in 1982 from Marian High School, Hometown.

She has a 24-year-old son Dirk.

She is employed full-time as a secretary II in the Carbon County District Attorney's Office.

She was the founding president of the LAOH, Molly Maguire Division 1, and served in that capacity from 1997-99. She has been the division's vice president since 2010.

She is a social member of American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe.