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    IRISHMEN AND DESCENDANTS OF IRISHMEN AROUND THE WORLD ARE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK'S DAY?

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    IRISHMEN AND DESCENDANTS OF IRISHMEN AROUND THE WORLD ARE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK'S DAY -- THE FEAST OF THE IRELAND'S PATRON SAINT. BUT THE BIGGEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE OF THEM ALL TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY -- NOT IN IRELAND BUT IN NEW YORK, WHERE AN ESTIMATED 1,250,000 PEOPLE WATCHED 122,000 MARCHERS PARADE DOWN 5TH AVENUE.

    THE ANNUAL NEW YORK ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE INCLUDED 343 SEPARATE MARCHING UNITS AND 153 BANDS. IT WAS THE 206TH ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE SAINT'S DAY IN A CITY WHICH HAS MORE PEOPLE IF IRISH BIRTH OR DESCENT THAN IRELAND ITSELF. COVERING TWO AND HALF MILES, IT WAS PRONOUNCED "A HUGE SUCCESS" BY THE PARADE CHAIRMAN, JUDGE JAMES COMERFORD.

    AMONG THE MARCHER WAS SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY, BROTHER OF THE ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. THE SAME DAY, SENATOR KENNEDY ANNOUNCED HIS OWN CANDIDACY FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES. THE KENNEDY FAMILY ORIGINATED IN THE IRISH COUNTRY OF WEXFORD. HOWEVER, MAYOR LINDSAY OF NEW YORK SPOKE FOR ALL THE OTHER POLITICIANS AT THE PARADE, INCLUDING GOVERNOR NELSON ROCKEFELLER OF NEW YORK STATE, WHEN HE SAID: "EVERYBODY'S IRISH TODAY."
    CROWDS BROKE THROUGH POLICE BARRICADES ALL ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE TRYING TO REACH SENATOR KENNEDY, WHO SMILE AND WAVED THROUGH ALL THE COMMOTION AS HE WALKED ALMOST THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PARADE. AT ON POINT A TEENAGE GIRL BROKE THROUGH THE BARRIER AND POLICE HAD TO DRAG HER OFF AS SHE HUGGED THE SENATOR AND KISSED ON THE CHEEK. THE GENERAL RESPONSE TO KENNEDY -- WHO IS A SENATOR FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK -- WAS GENERALLY LOUD AND ENTHUSIASTIC.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DCFTRMJBH7Q2NSJCQGDE500G
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DCFTRMJBH7Q2NSJCQGDE500G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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