| St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)|
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - If it’s the first Saturday in March in Alexandria, it’s time for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the earliest such celebration in the U.S.
The weather did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance although the temperature dropped significantly from early in the week. The parade was preceded by the Antique Car Show and the Fun Dog Show. Winners of the Fun Dog Show were presented to parade watchers just before the first military units of the parade stepped off at 12:30 p.m.
The Ballyshaners, organizer of Alexandria's St. Patrick's Day Parade, selected Bill and Karen Butcher, founders of Port City Brewing Company, as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade. This will be the 36th parade that the organization has hosted in Old Town.
Bill Butcher is a fourth-generation Alexandrian and serves on the Board of Governors of Visit Alexandria. Karen is a Partner at Morgan Lewis, where she leads the global trademark, copyright and advertising practice. She also has enjoyed watching their boys participate in Alexandria Little League baseball over the last several years. Karen and Bill live in Rosemont with their two sons, Riley and Key. Bill noted, “Karen and I were thrilled to be asked to lead the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We have participated in the event for the last five years. Serving as Grand Marshals in our hometown is a terrific honor. It will be a great day.”
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