6 days Irish pride, and dash of politics, at St Patrick’s Parade 680News -World
New York City is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, bringing together tens of thousands of marchers in one of the largest American celebrations of Irish heritage. The six-hour procession of green-clad marchers up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is one of the city’s oldest events, with its earliest iterations dating back more than 250 years. Through its history, the parade has also often had a political element. In the 1970s and 1980s, as sectarian violence flared in Northern Ireland, there were controversies over the inclusion of groups supporting the militant wing of the Irish Republican ... more