Island athletes have been named as this year's Gold Cup and Saucer Parade marshals.

Both the Boston Bruins' defenceman Adam McQuaid and the P.E.I. Special Olympics softball team will lead the event, which takes place Aug. 19.

McQuaid was a member of the Bruins team that won this year's Stanley Cup final, while the softball team won the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Greece in July.

The 50th annual event will march to the theme of Parade of the Stars.