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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Patrick's Day Parade expects to draw millions

Patrick's Day Parade expects to draw millions

The marchers Friday came from all walks of life - military members, teachers and students, police and firefighters, politicians, plumbers and steamfitters. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity".

The festivities get started at 11 a.m.

The building was lit up green in honour of St. Patrick's Day.

Heavily armed officers kept a no-nonsense eye on security around the parade route as a pipe band played "God Bless America".

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Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society.

For the first time ever, the St. Patrick's Day parade will march past the president's home Friday when marchers take their traditional route up Fifth Avenue. "He's always wanted to do it".

The annual parade, which was first held on March 17, 1762, is held in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of NY. She's also marching in the parade.

Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17th.

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