The traditional New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held today despite the holiday falling on a weekday.  This is the 250th anniversary of the parade.  Following tradition, a Grand Marshall has been named to be honored in today's celebration and lead the procession.

This year's honoree is mystery/suspense author Mary Higgins Clark.  Clark was born and raised in New York City.  If you're unfamiliar with her books, Clark has written such novels as "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Where Are the Children," and "Where Are You Now."  You may not have read any of Clark's novels.  However, they are pretty well known especially since many have gone on become made for television movies.

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The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will wind up Fifth Avenue and down past St. Patrick's Cathedral ending near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Other attractions of the parade include bagpipes, Irish Step dancers, the New York City Police & Fire Departments, floast, costumes, and lots of green.