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Patrick's Day Parade kicks off in NY

June 23 2018, 04:48 | Irvin Gilbert

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It's also the only inter-state St. Patrick's Day parade in the country. Some have been coming to the parade for years, while others are experiencing it for the very first time.

The air was crisp but the sun was shining as hundreds flocked to downtown Newton to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish-American culture.

"My wife was not Irish, but she loved being Irish on Saint Patrick's Day", said Jack. He said he made the drive from Tulsa for the parade.

Her husband, Bill Hughes, a retired police officer who marched in the parade for 10 years, looked on as a band marched by.

The St. Patrick's Day parade takes place during one of the busiest weekends in Pittsburgh.

She was riding along the parade route in a Central Park horse carriage, driven by a family friend.

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The parade was a familiar occasion for Matthew McCrosson, 68, who has frequently marched in it during the past half-century.

"The crowning of Miss Smiling Irish Eyes is always a highlight of the year, and it has been my pleasure to have this honor for the last seven years", said Fitzgerald.

"We're looking at highs in the low 30s and, once you've factored in the wind, it will feel a good bit more chilly", said Buttrick.

As the crowd dispersed and people from near and far discussed their next destination, Sutherland was happy to grab a bite to eat with family at - where else? - the Irish Cottage Inn.

Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan will kick off the festivities with mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

A Spider-Man actor pretends to shoot webs at the bystanders during the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2018.

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