Almost two million people lined Fifth Avenue in New York to watch the 221st St.
GV Parade past St. Patrick's Cathedral and down Fifth Avenue. (4 SHOTS)
SVs Michael Flannery waving to crowd holding placards. (3 SHOTS)
SV Michael Flannery speaking to reporter. (SOT)
GV Crowds marching past St. Patrick's Cathedral.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Irish Northern Aid Committee.
TOP VIEW Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terence Cooke and other clerics, Archbishop speaking to reporters. (SOT) (2 SHOTS)
GV Police presence on streets.
SVs President Ronald Reagan speaking. (SOT)
SCU Senator Edward Kennedy speaking. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 3) "... support for the cause of the IRA?"
FLANNERY: "That's our hope. We didn't start it, but now that it's started we might as well take advantage of it. But what we want is to let people know that there is tyranny in that small country. And the tyranny is the presence of England and there'll never be peace in that country until England gets out of there."
CARDINAL COOKE: (SEQ 6) "I hope that from this situation, this difficult situation, that reconciliation will come and that we will have many great parades in the future."
REAGAN: (SEQ 8) "I encourage Americans of all faiths to walk together in such a spirit of reconciliation, rejecting violence in any form. Some few, but vocal Americans, believe that differences between Irishmen can only be solved by violence and intimidation. They are no friends of Ireland."
KENNEDY: (SEQ 9) "The fact of the matter is that since the IRA have been active with the gun and the bullet there are two thousand men and women and children that are in their graves today, and it hasn't moved the process further forward. The real hope is trying to exercise what influence we can as a nation to move the process towards negotiation ... to a united Ireland that's going to respect the diversity which exists on that island."
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Background: Almost two million people lined Fifth Avenue in New York to watch the 221st St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17. The parade was boycotted by many leading Irish-American protesting the fact that this year's Grand Marshal was Michael Flannery, a veteran of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Mr. Flannery is a founder of the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), an organisation which backs the IRA. He told reported that he hoped the march would remind people there was "tyranny" in Northern Ireland imposed by the British. The parade traditionally passes the Roman Catholic St. Patrick's Cathedral and is blessed by the Archbishop of New York. On this occasion Cardinal Terence Cooke and his bishops stayed inside the cathedral until Mr. Flannery had passed. The Cardinal told journalists his action was deliberate and intended to show displeasure at the celebrations being used to promote violence. He added that he hoped a solution would be reached on the conflict in Northern Ireland and that future parades would flourish. President Ronald Reagan, at a St. Patrick's Day reception in Washington, criticised those who believed violence was the only means of achieving a solution to the Irish problem, and urged Americans not to support them. One of the Irish-Americans who boycotted the march, Senator Edward Kennedy, said two thousand people had died since the IRA became involved in Northern Ireland. He felt the most useful thing the United States could do was to encourage negotiations towards a peaceful solution.