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St. Patrick’s Day in New York

 

Today is St. Patrick's Day, which means that Manhattan was a sea of green for the parade.

It's claimed that New York's parade is the world's largest for St. Patty's, with about 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators (ie, partiers). It is quite fun and anarchic, although how much connection it still has with Ireland is questionable. People of all backgrounds celebrate the day - it's a big deal in the schools, with all of the kids wearing green.

I joined in today, and took a few photos of the marchers and revellers. The highlight for me was bumping into the famous Freddy, of Yankee Stadium fame, who I almost missed because he was out of context. But once he banged on his pan, I knew it had to be him:

Freddy on St. Patty's

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