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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2009 

City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Host 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 7

Festivities Include Classic Car Competition and Fun Dog Show
 
On Saturday, March 7, the City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners (Gaelic for “Old Towners”) will host the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in celebration of Irish-American heritage. The parade begins at King and West Streets and follows a route down King Street, past the reviewing stand at North Royal Street, and ends on the block of Fairfax Street that lies between King Street and Cameron Street. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by 2:30 p.m. The Grand Marshal for the 2009 Parade will be James V. Kimsey, the founding CEO of America Online.
 
The day’s festivities officially kick off with the Classic Car Show Competition. The show starts at 10 a.m. with automobiles on display on North Pitt Street, adjacent to King Street. Vern Parker, noted Washington Times columnist and expert in the classic car field, will once again serve as judge.

The Fun Dog Show begins at 10:30 a.m. in Market Square (corner of North Royal and King Streets) and will conclude at noon. As always, Honorable Daniel O'Flaherty will serve as the Dog Show's judge, joining Master of Ceremonies John Harter.
 
All events are sponsored by the Ballyshaners, a not-for-profit group that organizes and orchestrates the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade in partnership with the City of Alexandria.
 
For further information, please visit www.ballyshaners.org.