Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012

Now in its 251st year, New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade — replete with bagpipers, dancers, and local politicians — marched down Fifth Avenue before hundreds of thousands of revelers on Saturday.

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Revelers cheer on the marchers during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.
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The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and was held for the first time in New York on March 17, 1762, 14 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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The Irish Dancing Music Association marches during the parade.
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Bagpipers march up Fifth Avenue during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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Grand Marshall Francis X. Comerford, the Chief Revenue Officer and President of Commercial Operations for the NBC owned Television stations attends the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day parade
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Sen. Charles E. Shcumer is all smiles at the 251st annual St. Patricks Day parade
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Little ones Harley and Presley Eidens celebrate their first St. Patricks Day parade in style
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Members of the New York City Fire Department March in the 251st Saint Patrick's Day parade
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Marchers drum during the parade.
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Pipe band serenares the crowd as they march in the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
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Members of the military march up Fifth Avenue during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day parade
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Holding an Irish Flag, Mayor Bloomberg attends the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day parade
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A Military band member plays for thousands of on lookers at the St. Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue
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Irish dancers make their way up Fifth Avenue during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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A baby attends the 251st annual St Patrick's Day parade business casual style
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Members of New York State Police Department march single file in the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day parade
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Revelers watch the parade.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) marches during the parade.
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