The St. Patrick's Day parades in Dublin and New York are a chance for the?
The St. Patrick's Day parades in Dublin and New York are a chance for the Irish at home and abroad to get together and celebrate their patron saint's day. In recent years, the parades have not matched their early sparkle but that wasn't the case this year.
SYNOPSIS: Shamrock-wearing Irish put aside their economic woes in Dublin on Thursday (17 March) and celebrated St. Patrick's Day with parades and pageants. Thousands turned out to march behind massed bands and pipes through flag-bedecked streets despite gusty winds and heavy rain. A giant industrial parade was the high point of celebrations in the capital.
There were a large number of American groups in the parade with the stars and stripes almost outnumbering the Irish tricolour. There was a uniformed police contingent from Boston, drum majorettes from Texas and a group from Los Angeles known as the "Bloomers Brigade". American Irish have been keen to maintain their links with the old country and are proud to take part in the Dublin celebrations.
The entire parade took 90 minutes to pass the reviewing stand outside the general post office in O'Connell Street.