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The Traditional New York City St.Patrick's Day Parade

A group of Irish military first held the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York in 1762. At that time the wearing of the green was banned in Ireland and so having a place where they could sing their native songs, speak Irish and wear the green was very meaningful to these Irish immigrants. Nearly 254 years later the parade is still held with nearly 2 million people coming out to see it.

A proud Irish tradition, this parade will take place Tuesday, March 17, 2015. It is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. It is the largest Parade in the World and is always held on March 17 unless it falls on a Sunday. The parade is then held on a Saturday due to religious beliefs.

Since the very first year the parade it has been escorted by a unit of soldiers. Also a long standing member of the parade is the Fighting 69th, a regiment of the National Guard called "The Irish Infantry". Following them are thirty two Irish societies, Emerald Societies, nationalist societies and several schools, colleges and bands. The parade is nearly two miles long with no automobiles or floats allowed.

The 2002 Parade was the largest with 300,000 marchers. Honoring the police, rescue workers, and firemen who perished in the 9/11 tragedy the parade paused for two minutes with all participants turning south toward the site of the Twin Towers. A prayer was said by Edward Cardinal Egan directed to all the men and women who gave their lives that day in 2001.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. with its 150,000 to 250,000 marchers going up Fifth Avenue. Beginning at 44th Street it passes the St. Patrick's Cathedral on 50th Avenue and then on to the Irish Historical Society at 79th Street. The parade ends at 4:30-5:00pm. on E. 80th Avenue in front of the American Irish Historical Society.

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