Black minister honored to be Columbus Day grand marshal
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In what may be a nationwide first, a black minister has been chosen to be grand marshal of the Columbus Day parade in the village of Port Chester.
Sporadic rain forced the parade to be postponed, but the honoree, the Rev. Gerald Washington, likened the distinction to winning a sweepstakes.
"This is my lottery ... and I didn't buy a ticket or nothing like that," he said. "It came to me."