St. Patrick's Day Parade
World's biggest, oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade marches up Fifth Avenue

In Photos: St Patrick’s Day Parade 2011

Decked in green, thousands of people turned out for New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday. The parade Parade Marks 250 Years moved down Fifth Avenue with best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark as grand marshal.

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Revelers kiss during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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FDNY firefighters carry 343 American flags honoring the 343 firefighters who perished on September 11, 2001 during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Revelers wait to march during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Archbishop Timothy Dolan (C) greets young members of Fundacion Real Banda outside Saint Patrick's Cathedral during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Christina Pumar looks on during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Donny Golden (L) shares a laugh with dancers from the Irish American Society during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Dennis Bunn of Yonkers, N.Y., holds a sign calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg a drunk, as he and other spectators watch the mayor, not in photo, march past them up Fifth Avenue during New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo)
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Bagpipers march up Fifth Avenue in New York during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo)
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, greets Archbishop Timothy Dolan, left, in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo)
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, marches up Fifth Avenue with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, center, during the St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo)
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Visitors from Fribourg, Switzerland, watch as participants march up Fifth Avenue during New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo)
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Professional MMA fighter Chuck Liddell marches in the 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Crowds gather along Fifth Avenue at the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Band members march the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Photographer George Carva takes in the scene on Fifth Avenue at the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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