On a cool day in New York City, the oldest and largest parade in the world took place on Fifth Avenue in the heart of the city. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade honors St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York, was first held on March 17th in 1762 and has continued to be a New York tradition ever since.
Lt. Col. Sean Flynn, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, marked his last day in command of the First Battalion of the 69th Infantry, the legendary “Fighting Sixty-Ninth,” by blowing the ceremonial whistle which officially started the 255th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
With about 150,000 participants, 300 marching groups and over 2 million people lining the streets, it is a celebration to behold. Michael J. Dowling, Limerick native who negotiated the Good Friday Peace Agreement served as Grand Marshal.