Irish Eyes Smiling: The 2009 Parade in Photos

Hundreds of thousands of revelers lined the streets of Manhattan for the world's oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day parade.

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NEW YORK - MARCH 17: Ray Patterson waits to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2009 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Irleand and marched for the first time on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Ray Patterson waits to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2009 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence.
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Revelers gather for the St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday in New York. Thousands took a break from worries about the global economy to enjoy a day of shamrock-themed frivolity.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday.
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Bands, politicians and horses walked down 5th Avenue in New York City for St. Patricks Day celebrations.
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Renee Krofssik, left, looks on as Cardinal Edward Egan talks to the crowds before the St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday afternoon.
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The St. Patrick's Day Parade moves up fifth Avenue Tuesday. Thousands of revelers took a break from worries about the global economy to enjoy a day of shamrock-themed frivolity.
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The St. Patrick's Day Parade passes St. Patrick's Cathedral Tuesday in New York City,
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A reveler holds an Irish flag while attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday.
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Members of the Bergen County Police Pipes and Drums band pass by St. Patrick's Cathedral during the 248th St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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Mayor Bloomberg waves an Irish flag as he walks up 5th Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan Tuesday.
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Participants walk up Fifth Avenue in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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A marching band passes St. Patrick's Cathedral during the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17. The parade honors the patron saint of Irleand and marched for the first time on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence.
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John Kelly, a bagpiper with Leatherneck Pipes and Drums, Paramus, N.J., marches in procession up 5th Avenue during 248th St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer Seth Johnson)
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John Scheurer, of Cranford, N.J., cheers as the U.S. Army marches up Fifth Avenue during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday.
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Construction workers watch the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Construction workers watch participants in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Cardinal Edward Egan poses for a photo during the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Children are pushed in strollers while marching in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Firefighters and other onlookers watch as paraders march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Nuns wait to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Participants wait to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17 in New York City.
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Participants dance in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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U.S. Army JROTC students wait to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Richard Dunne, with the Kilkenny Association, waits to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Participants wait to march in the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.
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Women pose with U.S. Army soldiers before the 248th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17 in New York City.
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