St Patrick's Day parades in Dublin and elsewhere

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Bands, Irish dancers, floats and family clans entertained the large crowds.

Under S.1933, schools in the five boroughs could close on St. Patrick's Day in recognition of the significant Irish-American population in NYC and not be penalized by a loss of State school aid, according to Addabbo. And now, more than thirty years later, the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade is on the list of top ten St. Patrick's Parades in the country.

Addabbo noted that the Rockaway parade, combined with the legendary New York City St. Patrick's Day celebration in Manhattan, demonstrate the city's status as a center of Irish culture, heritage, and pride.

Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as worldwide guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, standing next to Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Police Commissioner James O'Neill, shakes hands with Rep. Peter King in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The parade starts at 11 a.m.at Stone and 17th Street.

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He will also attend mass in St Patrick's Cathedral.

Revelers wore all types of green accessories on Saturday. The parade featured many other Disney characters, like Ariel the mermaid, and Princess Belle.

Thousands marched and tens of thousands more watched San Francisco's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Kids, parents, dogs, even alpacas walked the parade route.

Carisa Kunkle, a member of the Virginia Military Institute Marching Band, played the clarinet on Saturday.

Patrick's Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday March 17, this year.

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