SOURCE: KYW-TV

March 07, 2007 09:00 ET

Larry Mendte & Kathy Orr Host St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday, March 11, 12 Noon on CBS 3

The CW Philly 57 to Rebroadcast Parade on St. Patrick's Day; Parade Also Available on www.cbs3.com and Comcast On Demand

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2007 -- CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 are proud to bring area viewers the 237th St. Patrick's Day Parade, the second oldest parade in the country, live, Sunday, March 11th, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. on CBS 3 and streamed live on www.cbs3.com. The Parade will be rebroadcast on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th, noon to 3:30 p.m. on The CW Philly 57.

CBS 3 Anchor Larry Mendte and Meteorologist Kathy Orr will host the parade coverage from the reviewing stands at 20th and the Parkway along with James Kilgallen, color commentator. Traffic Reporter Bob Kelly will report the annual spectacle from the Parade route. Ukee Washington, Angela Russell, Jim Donovan, Stephanie Stahl and Maria LaRosa of the "Eyewitness News" team will participate in the Parade by riding in a float along the route. The CW Philly 57's "WakeUp News" team, Natasha Brown, Christa Quinn, and Sean Murphy, as well as CW Crew members Ashley Harder, Justin Dugan, Meagan Stecher and Kharisma McIlwaine will also appear in the Parade. Personalities from 98.1 WOGL's Breakfast Club, The Big Talker 1210 WPHT and 94.1 Free FM WYSP will also make appearances.

More than 180 units will march in the Parade, including high school marching bands, Irish dancers, Irish cultural groups and various divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

"Among all the great things our television stations do, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is at the top our list," says CBS 3 and The CW Philly President and General Manager Michael Colleran. "Our staff and our community have so embraced the Parade that we are pleased to be able to offer it to viewers across so many platforms -- broadcast on both stations, online, and, this year, on Comcast On Demand beginning the evening of March 17th. For us, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is a true labor of love."

"We have another parade first this year," says Michael J. Bradley, Jr., President and Parade Director. "For the first time the parade will take place during Daylight Savings Time which has been moved up to March 11th at 2 a.m. There will be more sunlight to enjoy all of the St. Patrick's Day events."

Questions regarding the Parade route, line up, bus pick ups and other details can be found at the Parade's website, www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com or at www.cbs3.com, where CBS 3 is "Always On." This year's Parade theme is "St. Patrick the Teacher, Bless Our School Communities and Their Families." The Grand Marshall of the Parade is Michael Emmet McCarron, born in County Donegal, Ireland in 1916.

The Parade Committee expects more than 500,000 spectators to line the streets along the Parade route this year. The Parade will begin at Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, proceed North on Broad to City Hall, go around City Hall on the East side, West on J.F.K. Boulevard to 16th Street, North on 16th Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway, then West on the Parkway to Logan Circle.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade telecast is presented by IBEW Local Union 98, and is sponsored in part by David Chrysler Jeep Suzuki, Rosenberger Dairies and Philadelphia Federal Credit Union.

The CBS 3 telecast of the St. Patrick's Day Parade is produced by the CBS 3 Programming Department in association with Producers Management Television (PMTV). Liz Naughton, whose credits include the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, serves as executive producer.

CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) are part of the CBS Television Stations Group.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Joanne Calabria
    (215) 238-4964