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Photo Essay – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – New York City – March 17, 2018

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Those Irish eyes were a-smilin’ as the 257th St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off on a bright, sunny, albeit chilly “Top O’ the Mornin to Ya” Saturday on St. Patrick’s Day. Tens of thousands reveled as bagpipes piped, high school bands entertained, and dancers pranced, while politicians shook hands and waved to the masses.  Over one hundred thousand marched up Fifth Avenue as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a special visitor, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted Timothy Cardinal Dolan at the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The avenue was abound with green, white, and orange enthusiastic cheer, celebrating a day of inclusion, all being Irish for the day. These images document the warmth, the remembrance of those from days gone by, and those marching to the future.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd8956.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes, high school marching bands, and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd8813.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd8792.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes, high school marching bands, and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd8962.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes, high school marching bands, and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9046.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments. Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (Center) and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo walk together in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (center, left) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walk together in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd8923.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes, high school marching bands, and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9037.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes, high school marching bands, and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9524.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9225.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9294.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9539.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9769.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9874.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd9180.jpg The 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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20180317©DayStPatsPrd1713.jpg he 257th edition of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade march up Fifth Ave. under sunny skies and cool tempertures in the 40s with over 100 marching units of Bagpipes; high school marching bands; and police and fire departments.

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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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