Author Gillian Flynn grand marshal of Kansas City’s parade

Kansas City (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Author Gillian Flynn will return to her hometown to be grand marshal of the city’s 43rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Flynn, author of the best-selling novel “Gone Girl,” grew up in Kansas City. She’ll lead Tuesday’s event, which will include about 110 entries parading through parts of central Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports this year’s parade will give people a chance to pay a small fee to vote on their favorite float. The money will go to Harvesters.

Parade organizers are expecting large crowds, with temperatures forecast to in the 60s and many local school districts on spring break this week.

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