Irish Eyes are Smiling in NYC

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.

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, center, and Leo Varadkar PM of Ireland, left, exchanging handshakes with congregants at a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral prior to the start of the Parade. Photo by Brian Hester

NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio waves an Irish flag as he marches up in the 257th Annual NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade accompanied by NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neil Photo by Brian Hester

Liam and Patrick, brother from the UES, are all smiles as they enjoy the parade. Photo by Brian Hester

Family, friends and fellow members of the NYPD march behind a banner that honors the late Det. Steven D. McDonaldd, a most heroic and inspirational Officer critically wounded on duty after being shot by a 15 year old that he later forgave. Photo by Brian Hester

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