st patricks day parade 2019 - new york city - jeff day

Photo Essay – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – New York City – March 16, 2019

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Hundreds of thousands (many of whom donned the green, white, and orange) cheered the 258th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on a crisp Saturday morn.

High school bands and bagpipers alike played the festive sounds as spectators of many colors proclaimed their Irish-ness for the day.

Dancers, flag wavers, and traditional Irish dance groups made their way up a changing Fifth Avenue where buildings are renewed and storefronts continue their flux.

Families carried photographs remembering those who made sacrifices, ahead of the 345 American flags “and counting,”  this, an annual show of memorial.

These photographs are dedicated to those who never forget and who are never forgotten.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd6498.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.2019 Grand Marshal  Dr Brian J. O’Dwyer, Esq.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd5497.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd5347.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd5415.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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Orpheus floats await the riding membership in the convention center.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd7332.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd7254.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd7325.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd5388.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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20190316©DayStPatsPrd78232.jpg The 258th ST Patrick's parade kicked off on a crisp mostly cloudy Saturday morning. Hundreds of thousands watched 150,000 participants march up Fifth Ave as the bands played and bagpiper sang the usual Irish fare.

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Jeff Day, an independent photographer based in New York City, documents city life celebrations and the renewal of historical tradition in contemporary voice in the streets. He is completing two books, New Orleans Black and White and New York Street.  A lifelong sailor, Jeff has also documented the water’s edge and shore towns of New York, New England, the Gulf Coast, and Eastern Spain.

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All copyrighted photos courtesy of Jeff Day.