No matter what the event or the parade, it always comes down to that final 24 hours before the event.

Josh Eachus, Robert Geauthreaux and "yours truly" have predicted "good parade weather" for this morning.

We have always showcased this parade as a "rain or shine" event and fortunately this morning, we'll embrace the "shine." Damp weather in Ireland is often referred to as a "soft" day.

I launched "The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, The Wearin' of the Green" in 1986 but this parade reflects the talents and devotion of our Grand Marshal, Robert "Grey" Hammett.

Grey will lead the parade under mostly sunny skies and lots of green. Our route is 2.5 miles in length but the shortest parade is 9.8 miles on Bridge Street in Hot Springs, Ark.