Members of New York City's Irish community celebrated their heritage during the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade yesterday, Saturday, March 17. The parade doesn't just attract those with Irish roots. People from all over New York City and the surrounding suburbs will put on their best green shirts and head to Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side for nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade.
New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest (it was first held in 1762) and largest of its kind worldwide. The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and marched up Fifth Avenue all the way to 79th Street.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman was named the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, WNBC reported. Glucksman is the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and Chair Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund.
Thousands of members of the NYPD helped to ensure a safe and secure time for all participants.