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Kielty named Grand Marshal for St Patrick’s Day parade

Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty has been named Grand Marshal for the national 2024 St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.

The broadcaster and comedian from Dundrum, Co Down, said: “It’s such a honour to be asked and I was genuinely gobsmacked when the call came in.

“When you’re lucky enough to be called Patrick, St Patrick’s Day always feels like an extra birthday and I can’t wait to get the world’s biggest party started on 17 March.”

The theme of this year’s festival and parade is spréach – the Irish word for spark.

Half a million spectators are expected to line this year’s route and the parade will feature 18 pageants and performance showpieces, 14 marching bands from across Ireland, North America and France and over 4,000 participants.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste said: “The national St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of our most special occasions, celebrating the spréach of the people of Ireland, which unites us all both here in Dublin and across the globe.

“As my first St Patrick’s Festival as Lord Mayor of Dublin, I am so looking forward to watching the many pageants and marching bands that make up this spectacular event.

“It’s also Patrick Kielty’s first year in his role as host of the iconic Late Late Show, and so I’m delighted to see him selected as our Grand Marshal for this year’s Parade.

“I’d encourage everyone to come together and enjoy all that the city has to offer this St. Patrick’s Day.”

The full parade will be broadcast live on RTÉ One televsion and around the world on the RTÉ Player.

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