My First New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By , March 19, 2011 11:13 pm

On Thursday – which was a beautiful day here in New York – I joined about two million other people on Fifth Avenue to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I’ve lived in the NYC area for nearly 15 years, but I had never attended the parade. It was a lot of fun. There was a great vibe from revelers celebrating their Irish heritage, as well as from all the bagpipers, bands, dancers, police, firefighters and others participating in the parade. There was also a cool moment where New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped to pose for pictures with some nearby parade-watchers.

As much as the parade is about Irish pride, it’s also about New York. People from New York City, the Tri-State Area and around the world, from different races and nationalities, participated in and watched the parade. The event itself is a big part of New York, too. The first one was in 1762, making it the oldest civilian parade in the world. At 200,000 participants, it’s also the biggest parade in the United States.

Take a look at some video that includes Mayor Bloomberg.

Here are a few photos:

For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, check out the History Channel.

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