St. Patrick's Day Parade

AUGUSTA PARADE

WHEN: Today

WHAT: Entertainment, vendors and children's games, noon to 10 p.m. at Augusta Common, sponsored by the city of Augusta.

PARADE: The parade will begin at 2 p.m. in the James Brown Arena parking lot, 601 Seventh St., and is expected to last until 4 p.m. The reviewing stand will be at the Signer's Monument on Greene Street. They're expecting more than 100 units, and the parade will take place rain or shine.

COST: Free, except $3 to the Eighth Street Plaza area, where alcohol will be served.

ABOUT THE PARADE'S GRAND MARSHAL

WHO: Dennis Michael Leonard III, Augusta's 31st grand marshal will lead today's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

REACTION TO THE TITLE: Being chosen as this year's grand marshal was "one of the biggest shocks of my life. Being selected as Augusta's 2008 grand marshal is a great honor for me and my entire family and we are all sharing in it."

LINE OF GRAND MARSHALS: He is not the first in his family to receive the honor of grand marshal. He is succeeding a line of relatives including his father and two uncles, Jack Markwalter and Floyd Gambill. Mr. Leonard said he remembers marching in the parade since he was 3.

FAMILY: Wife, Jeannie; five sons; two sisters; five brothers

-- Lindsay Thetford, staff writer