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If you love the Irish and all things green, you'll have two opportunities to celebrate this March. St. Patrick's Day is on Thursday, March 17 this year, but folks on the Cape double up on their celebration.

The 11th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade will step off in Yarmouth at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. The parade is a welcomed splash of color and fun during the Cape's quiet season.

Each year, thousands of St. Patrick's revelers come from near and far to cheer on parade participants. This year, nearly 40,000 people are expected to attend.

This year, a team of magnificent Clydesdale horses from Duxbury will march alongside the always entertaining marching bands, bagpipers, Irish step dancers and floats.

"The parade has grown to become a Yarmouth tradition and a wonderful family event," said Parade Chairman John Fallon. 

No parade is complete without a grand marshal--and this year that honor goes to Ryan Delaire. Delaire, who hails from Windsor, CT, is a defensive end for the NFC Champion Caroline Panthers. Previous grand marshals include American Idol finalist and Cape Cod native Siobhan Magnus, Channel 5 Meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon, Boston Bruins legends Derek Sanderson and Bobby Orr, three-time New England Golden Gloves boxer Mickey Ward, Ambassador and former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and the Hoyts, the father and son marathon team.

The two-mile parade begins at Bass River Sports World at the intersection of Long Pond Drive and Route 28 in South Yarmouth and heads west along Route 28, over the Parker's River Bridge to its destination at the Town 'n' Country Motel.

For those coming into town early, the annual Grand Marshal's Dinner Dance is at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Cape Cod Irish Village, 822 Route 28 in South Yarmouth. Join Ryan Delaire for traditional entertainment and fare. Tickets are $25. Reserve by calling 508-771-0100.

ARTICLE | 03/01/2016 - 10:00AM | BY MAGGIE KULBOKAS

The Cycling Murrays will be among the many green-clad participants at this year's Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade in S. Yarmouth. Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade.

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