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Loretta Swit returning as honorary grand marshal for Pulaski Day Parade

Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit, best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the television show “M*A*S*H,” is returning for the second year in a row to serve as an honorary grand marshal for the 78th annual Pulaski Day Parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

“She loved it so much she’s coming back,” said General Pulaski Association president Brian D. Rusk. “We’re very honored.”

She will be among 12 business, political and religious leaders and media personalities who will serve as honorary grand marshals for the parade. They include Mateusz Stasiek, acting consul general of Poland; Bishop John E. Mack of the Polish National Catholic Church for the Buffalo Pittsburgh Diocese; restaurateur Russell Salvatore; State Sen. Tim Kennedy and WIVB-TV news anchor Don Postles.

Also, Cheektowaga Deputy Supervisor Jerry Kaminski, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, County Legislature Chairman John Mills, former Sheriff Thomas Higgins, former Rep. Henry J. Nowak and Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, who will deliver the annual blessing.

The parade, which will include more than 100 units and 10 bands, salutes Polish-born Revolutionary War hero Count Casimir Pulaski. It will proceed west on Walden Avenue from the Thruway Plaza, then north on Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park. Marian Kreutzer, a longtime General Pulaski Association board member, will be grand marshal.