Thousands Line Streets for 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City

There were shamrock scarves and shamrock temporary tattoos, shamrock bandannas and green leprechaun hats. The crowds along Fifth Avenue marked New York City's celebration of Irish heritage with smiles, cheers and plenty of pride on Tuesday.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade stepped off on 44th Street with Cardinal Timothy Dolan serving as Grand Marshal, and the Archbishop of New York told the throngs of spectators lined along the route he felt "as radiant as the sun."

The sound of bagpipes echoed everywhere along the parade route, which ran north up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral to 79th Street. The route predates the Declaration of Independence.

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Mayor de Blasio confirmed Monday that he would not march in the parade, despite organizers' decision to allow a single gay employee resource group to march.

The Empire State Building was shining green, orange and white -- the colors of the Irish flag -- Tuesday night.

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