Rich Weber will continue a family legacy when he takes the post of grand leprechaun next week.

Rich Weber will continue a family legacy when he takes the post of grand leprechaun next week.

Weber, a lifelong Dublin resident, will follow in his father's footsteps next weekend when he oversees St. Patrick's Day festivities around Dublin as the grand leprechaun.

Weber's father, Chi, was grand leprechaun in 2004. Weber said that's the only St. Patrick's Day parade he hasn't watched – and it's because he was in it.

"I don't think I've missed a St. Patrick's Day parade yet," he said. "The one I did miss was the one I rode in on the float. I've got a cousin that lives on High Street in Dublin, so we always meet in her yard, set up chairs and watch the parade there. I've seen snow, I've seen rain, and I've seen nice, beautiful weather for the parade."

Weber and other family members rode on the grand leprechaun float with Chi, and Weber said he plans to repeat that again when the parade rolls through Historic Dublin on March 10.

"I was really surprised (about being chosen as a grand leprechaun)," he said. "There are so many great people in Dublin. I was really surprised to get this honor."

Grand leprechauns are chosen to lead St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin based on their impact in the community through service.

"Leadership Dublin is the group that got me started in getting involved in the community," Weber said. "I can't say enough about it."

Weber currently sits on the board of Leadership Dublin, although it is his last year.

"It's a great organization to access people you need to get involved with to reach out in the community," he said. "I owe a lot to them. I'm sad to see (my time with) them end, but it's time for someone else to step in."

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin AM Rotary also get a share in Weber's time.

"I fell in love with the Rotary Club and all they do," he said. "They do a lot locally and all around the world. They have a dozen different projects going on at the same time."

According to Weber, working at Heartland Bank has allowed him the time to get involved in the community, something he couldn't do before.

"I couldn't do it all before I worked for Heartland Bank," he said. "It's nice to work for a community bank."

Weber also is involved with the Dublin Education Fund and Business Advisory Committee that works with Dublin City Schools.

Weber will oversee the St. Patrick's Day parade that starts at 11 a.m. March 10 at Metro Center.

Other March 10 festivities include:

• Lion's Club breakfast at Sells Middle School from 7 to 11 a.m. The meals are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

• The Inflation Celebration at 9 a.m. in the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot. People can gather to watch the parade balloons inflated.

• The Hooligans, an Irish band, will perform on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• The Dublin Women's Club will hold the Blarney Bash from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Dublin Embassy Suites.

For more information on the parade or other festivities look online at Dublin.oh.us/events/stpats.