Patrick's Day Parade helps local families in need

Gladys Abbott
March 19, 2018

For a brief period of time, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that the city might have to cancel the 117th annual St. Patrick's Day parade because of the nor'easter that hit the region earlier this week.

See the video above for 17 insane sights from the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Cleveland.

Floats, dancing groups, singers and bands paraded through the streets celebrating Irish culture and heritage.

Police will be performing DUI saturation patrols throughout the weekend to ensure everyone makes it home safely from St. Patrick's Day celebrations. "St. Patrick's Day is just a fun day to usher in the spring and celebrate where you came from and where you're going and all the great things to be Irish", said Quinn Conaty. "The parade truly signifies the Irish investment over 250 years in the greater NY area", McCrosson said. Several bagpipe bands led a parade made up of over 100 marching bands after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke briefly, calling it a "day of inclusion" and adding: "We're all immigrants".

While there was certainly an ample amount of space for revelers to enjoy the parade, this year's turnout was much higher than last year, the coldest in parade history. "We were thinking about what group we could become so we could march in it next year".

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Once again, the parade will be led by members of the 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York Army National Guard. "We love it. We honor it", Reali said. "I take my daughter every year so this is like a tradition for us", said Quin Johnson who brought her daughter and her friends.

Across Cork county, more than two dozen parades were staged - the largest in Mallow, Fermoy, Kinsale, Bandon, Clonakilty, Macroom, Youghal, Midleton, Blarney and Skibbereen.

About 150,000 people were participating in the 1.4-mile (2.2-kilometer) march past Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trump Tower.

This is the first time in years the festival has landed on the holiday itself.

The Missoula Irish Dancers walk along the parade route on March 17, 2018.

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