CW Philly 57 To Air Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Live

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

SUSAN BARNETT, KATHY ORR, BOB KELLY

HOST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SUNDAY, MARCH 13TH

NOON TO 3 PM ON THE CW PHILLY 57

Parade streamed live online at CBSPhilly.com

CBS 3 to rebroadcast Parade on St. Patrick’s Day

Philadelphia, March 2, 2011 — CBS 3 and The CW Philly are proud to broadcast the 241st St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Parade will be broadcast live, Sunday, March 13th, 12 noon to 3 p.m. on The CW Philly 57 and streamed live for viewers across the country and around the world on www.CBSPhilly.com.

The Parade will be rebroadcast on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, 9 a.m. to 12 noon on CBS 3, and again on The CW Philly, Saturday, March 19th , 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Also, the Parade will be available on CBSPhilly.com in the video on demand section immediately after the Parade and On-Demand as of March 21st.

CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s Susan Barnett and Kathy Orr will host the parade from the broadcast booth at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Bob Kelly will report live from the Parade route.  Color commentary for the Parade will be provided by three special guests during the telecast — Father Kevin Gallagher of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Parade Director Michael Bradley and singer Karen Boyce McCollum.

This year’s parade will follow the theme of “St. Patrick, Bless Our Religious Sisters Who Serve, Inspire and Educate,” featuring Grand Marshal Sister James Anne Feerick I.H.M. Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the city’s largest parade.  Participants include marching bands, Irish dance schools, youth groups and Irish Associations.

“We are proud to be able to showcase this Philadelphia tradition on both of our stations, on CBS Philly.com and On Demand as well,” says CBS 3/CW Philly President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock.  “St. Patrick’s Day is more than a one-day celebration. As the community celebrates throughout the week, we enjoy knowing that they can watch as often as they like and through the website, also invite family and friends away from home to share this special event with them.”

“The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade is the second oldest parade of any kind in the USA dating back to 1771,” says Parade Director Michael Bradley.   “I am honored as parade director to carry on the responsibility of presenting this tradition of Irish culture.   We are thrilled with our long association with CBS 3 and The CW Philly57 and look forward to many more successful years for both of us.”

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade telecast is presented by IBEW Local Union 98 and sponsored in part by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture Home Stores and P.J. Fitzpatrick, Inc.

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