York parade enthusiast to be 2016 St. Patrick’s Day parade Grand Marshal

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YORK, Pa. - Described as a Irishman to the core, Ward Walsh is a long-time enthusiast of the York Saint Patrick's Day parade. At the very first parade 33 years ago, Ward says he grabbed his children, a poster board, and their faithful dog Molly to take part in the event. Since that day, the Walsh family became included in the city tradition. They march together as group in the event.

This year, Walsh will be leading the tradition as the parade's Grand Marshal on Saturday March 12, 2016.

"Well, my heritage is Irish, so, we like to celebrate heritage," Walsh said, "This is really thrilling."

The annual celebration of Celtic heritage draws about 10,000 people to downtown York each year. The York Saint Patrick's Day will step off at 1 p.m. on March 12, from Market and Penn Streets, and continue east on Market to Duke Streets.

About 100 entries are expected to take part in the event including bands, Irish dance groups, and floats. More than $2,000 in prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. The entry judged as "Best of Parade" will win $400.

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The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.