Freddie McGregor to get Key to the City in New York
Veteran reggae singer, Freddie McGregor is to be honoured in Mount Vernon, New York on Sunday for his contribution to reggae music.
The father of famed dancehall producer Stephen McGregor and entertainer Chino, McGregor will be given the Key to the City at Roy Wilkins Park in New York.
The announcement was recently made by Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas.
According to South Florida Caribbean News, the reggae singer was overhwlmed at the honour especially because of the strong Jamaican connection in Mount Vernon.
“Mt Vernon is not just where celebrities like actor Denzil Washington, Dick Clark of 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve' and singer Stephanie Mills grew up, but it is a city that Jamaicans have served for years with honour and dignity,” he said. “I feel lucky to be honoured by a city where Jamaicans have broken barriers and shown how immigrants can live the American dream. Thanks to Mayor Thomas, I will receive one of the highest honours a person can receive, the Key to the City.”
McGregor will join a host of other reggae stars including Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Ken Boothe and Leroy Sibbles for this year’s edition of the annual Groovin’ In the Park concert at the Roy Wilkins Park.