/R E P E A T -- Irish eyes will be smiling during Toronto's St. Patrick's Day celebrations/

- On Friday, the St. Patrick's Parade Society will honour 2014 parade Grand Marshal: Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor -
- On Sunday, crowds will gather for the 27th Annual Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade. Toronto Paramedics and EMS will collect non-perishable food items at the parade for the Daily Bread Food Bank -

TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ -

Friday, March 14: Grand Marshal's Ball (please e-mail to arrange media access):

WHAT:    A black-tie evening to honour Katie Taylor, the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade. Taylor is an Irish boxer who is the reigning Irish, European, World and Olympic champion.
WHEN:     6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14
WHERE:    Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond St. West

Sunday, March 16: St. Patrick's Day Parade (media can set up anywhere along the parade route, east of Avenue Road):

WHAT:    Nearly one hundred floats, bands and marching groups from Toronto's Irish community and a variety of cultural groups. The parade is a colourful celebration of all things Irish and the diversity that makes Toronto great!

The Toronto Paramedic Association and Emergency Medical Services are marching in the parade and will collect non-perishable food items from spectators along the route for the Daily Break Food Bank.
WHEN:     12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 (starting from Bloor Street at St. George Ave). The parade is expected to take an hour and a half to pass any given point along the route.
WHERE:    The parade route starts on Bloor Street at St. George Avenue then heads east along Bloor until Yonge Street. It turns south on Yonge Street and continues until Queen Street where it makes a final turn to head west and finish in front of Nathan Phillips Square.

About the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade is a celebration of St. Patrick, Ireland and Canada, which incorporates Toronto's various cultural groups. The parade has been organized by the Toronto St. Patrick's Parade Society since 1988; it is run entirely by volunteers with generous support from sponsors and partners.

Image with caption: "The St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at noon on Sunday following a route through downtown Toronto. The colourful parade features almost 100 floats, bands and marching groups. (CNW Group/St. Patrick's Parade Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140316_C4712_PHOTO_EN_37813.jpg

Image with caption: "Katie Taylor, an Olympic champion boxer for Ireland, will celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Toronto this year as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade. (CNW Group/St. Patrick's Parade Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140316_C4712_PHOTO_EN_37814.jpg

SOURCE: St. Patrick's Parade Society

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