Beyoncé makes surprise appearance as grand marshal of NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

Beyoncé makes surprise appearance as grand marshal of NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEW YORK CITY -- Fans of Beyoncé Knowles felt the luck of the Irish today when the superstar made a surprise appearance as grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Beyoncé had been offered the position months ago, but fans have been worried that hosting the event would prove too strenuous for the musical icon deep into her pregnancy. Echoing her recent performance at the Grammy Awards, Beyoncé refuses to disappoint her fans.

“I know how important this parade is for the city and what it represents," said a determined Beyoncé before the start of the parade. "I’m honored to have been named Grand Marshal by Mayor de Blasio and I hope to do the city proud.”

Beyonce also took a moment to reflect on the challenges of pregnant women, referencing President Hillary Clinton's plans to expand maternity leave. “I realize how blessed I am to be able to take time off and do something like this. I’m extremely encouraged by the plans President Clinton has put forth to provide paid maternity leave for women across the nation."

Beyonce kicked off the parade on Friday at 11 A.M. on 44th Street by letting her daughter, Blue Ivy, ring the starting bell. 

Leading the parade out front, Beyoncé performed a stunning setlist. Included in the mix were hit songs "Love on Top," "Run the World (Girls)," and "Freedom." She concluded with an Irish spin on one of her first hits, which she temporarily renamed "Crazy in Luck." 

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