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Grand Marshal Dinner & Installation
Let the festivities begin! To kick off Irish-American month for the City, and as a prelude to annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Alexandria, the Ballyshaners host a Grand Marshal dinner the evening before the parade. The highlight of this black-tie affair is the official installation of the Parade Grand Marshal. In this, our thirty-sixth year, we are very proud and honored to have selected Karen and Bill Butcher, owners of Port City Brewing and prominent members of the Alexandria business community.
Although the official investiture is the main purpose of this event, the Ballyshaners—as you would expect of the Irish—toast the occasion with merriment and cheer. The Grand Marshal and guests wine, dine, and dance the night away. The Grand Marshal Dinner is held each year and is open to friends and all who wish to capture the Irish spirit! For more information on the event, please visit our website,, and join in this traditional celebration next year.
Pictured below is the installation of last year’s Grand Marshal, John Renner.

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