The St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the biggest and most venerable customs in New York, was back on Friday!
Crowds flocked to Fifth Avenue to see the procession, which New York City claims to host the largest and oldest in the world and pay respect to Ireland's patron saint.
One of the many groups, the mayor added, "that make up our city and that makes us great" is the long history of Irish immigrants helping New York City become what it is today. The parade's grand marshal, Kevin Conway, took the initiative.
After visiting from Ireland, Bernadette Byrne watched the procession and immediately felt at home. She remarked,
'I love the atmosphere. Everyone is so amiable. This was our first parade. We aim to visit New York as frequently as we can because we adore it. But seeing the procession was something we'd always wanted to do.'
She's hardly the only rookie here.
Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, And Other Officials
Before the parade's start, Cardinal Dolan presided over a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. This year's march, according to its organizers, raised money for charities that support people's access to food, including Catholic Charities, City Harvest, and City Meals on Wheels.
Following bands, mounted police, and numerous more organizations up the parade route were Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, and a number of other elected officials. During the parade, a variety of organizations performed, including the Port Authority Pipes and Drums.
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