03/16/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

"Miracle on 34th Street" star Maureen O'Hara, 78, to be Grand Marshal of the 1999 St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, in New York. "I wasn't campaigning to be the leader of the St. Patrick's Day Parade," O'Hara, still a striking redhead, told reporters Monday. "I am highly honored."

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