Saturday, March 16, 2013

The 252nd St. Patrick's Day Parade

Hundreds of thousands of revelers lined the streets along Fifth Avenue today for the 252nd annual parade. Typically, New York City’s parade is held on March 17, the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day. But because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, the parade is being held on Saturday due to religious observances. The parade, which predates the declaration of Independence of the United States, was led by 750 members of the New York Army National Guard. The 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry has been marching in the parade since 1851. There were bagpipe bands, Irish dancers, politicians, marching bands and participants from other states. The St Patrick's Day Parade is one of the few remaining where no cars, floats, buses, trucks or other vehicles are allowed.


Anonymous said...

Great to be able to share in the celebrations Noel - even if it was just by photographs. Loving those horses! It's a day we celebrate in this house as traditional live Irish music is played regularly both in this house and at venues and gigs throughout the year by my husband. We have had many trips over to the West coast of Ireland over the years have have good friends over there too. JanUK

Noel Y. C. said...

I hope you had a wonderful celebration, Jan.

Alice said...

Wow, a MINT green suit.
YIKES! Thank goodness for St.Paddy's day.

Hope YOU had some fun too.

Noel Y. C. said...

I had fun people watching in this city, even when there's no parade.