Millions watch St. Patrick's Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade kicks off in Midtown
Lindsay Tuchman has more as the St. Patrick's Day Parade kicked off in Midtown.

MIDTOWN, New York (WABC) -- Millions watched as the 263rd St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City kicked off Saturday morning.

The parade made its way up a very green Fifth Avenue, with Grand Marshall Margaret Timoney leading the way --she's the president and CEO of Heineken USA.

Also taking part -- Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams -- along with 150,000 other marchers, piping bands and uniformed services.

The procession dates back to 1762, before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

It is considered the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world.

"This parade means, I think, so much to the city. Not just Irish Americans, but the entire city, the entire melting pot," said Bridget O'Brien, part of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. "It's a welcoming, open community for everyone to come and celebrate with us."

Some even traveled from Ireland to take part in the festivities.

"I'm so delighted to be here. Delighted," said Michael Butler.

Which is exactly why these two traveled from Ireland to take part.

And they plan to keep the celebration going all day and night.

You can find more information on the NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade website.

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