Grand marshal for the 2024 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade will be John Forbes, elected by the parade committee.  

 Grand Marshal for the 200th Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday at Benedictine Military School, John Forbes received the green blazer from the parade committee. 

 Forbes will be the main ambassador for several activities in the weeks running up to the parade on March 16. He's familiar with Savannah's greatest Irish celebration.   

 He has been a parade observer and committee member since childhood. He was general chairman in 2007.

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 The Benedictine gym was quiet, but Forbes smiled as committee members shook his hand and hugged him.   

 Forbes' 200th anniversary was not the only reason for the warm, beautiful Sunday morning.  

 "My father was Grand Marshal in 1998," he remarked of his father, John (Jim).   

 Forbes stated, "He's someone I've tried to model my life after and to be able to do this while he's still with us is a dream come true."  

 Forbes says his fourth-generation grandparents were from County Cork, Ireland.   

 Born in Marietta, Georgia, he grew up in Savannah, his parents' hometown.   

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