March 04, 2008 13:43 ET

Larry Mendte & Kathy Orr Host St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday, March 9, 12 Noon on CBS 3

The CW Philly 57 to Rebroadcast Parade on St. Patrick's Day; Parade Also Available to Viewers Around the World on

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 are proud to broadcast the 238th St. Patrick's Day Parade, the second oldest parade in the country, live, Sunday, March 9th, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. on CBS 3 and streamed live for viewers across the country and around the world on The Parade will rebroadcast on St. Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17th, 11:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. on The CW Philly 57. After March 17, broadcast of the parade will also be available for free on "Comcast On Demand."

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. Susan Barnett, Chris May, Maria LaRosa, Liz Keptner, Jim Donovan, and Stephanie Stahl of the Eyewitness News team will participate in the Parade by riding on a float along the route with Celtic Rock band Blackthorn. Christa Quinn and Sean Murphy of The CW Philly 57's WakeUp News team, as well as CW Crew members Justin Dugan, Megan Stecher, Kharisma McIlwaine and Christian Ramirez-Coll will appear in the parade. 98.1 WOGL Breakfast Club personalities Ross Brittian, Valerie Knight, Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer will also appear in the Parade as will sister stations 94WYSP and The Big Talker 1210AM WPHT.

More than 180 units will march in the Parade hosted by the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association, including high school marching bands, Irish dancers, Irish cultural groups, Philadelphia Police and Fire Units and various divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

This year's Parade theme is "St. Patrick, Bless All Those Serving People of God." The Parade is also honoring the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 200th Anniversary. The Grand Marshall of the Parade is Jack McNamee, former owner of CJ McGees Restaurant and a member of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association for more than 30 years. McNamee's family emigrated from County Donegal, Ireland.

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 and ending on 22nd Street and the Parkway.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Irish culture and heritage within the Philadelphia community and beyond," says CBS 3 and The CW Philly President and General Manager Michael Colleran. "Everyone has a chance to be a part of the celebration since it is being broadcast on both our stations, online and on Comcast on Demand. We've even had reports of former Philadelphians now living in Ireland who look forward to seeing old friends by watching the Parade online. "

The St. Patrick's Day Parade telecast is presented by IBEW Local Union 98, and is sponsored in part by the David Auto Group, H& R Block and the Philadelphia 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 CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

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