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With green and glee, major US parades mark St. Patrick’s Day — a little early



With green and glee, major US parades mark St. Patrick’s Day — a little early
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NEW YORK (AP) — People all through the US celebrated Irish heritage at plenty of predominant St. Patrick’s Day parades Saturday, marking the holiday a day early at events that included an enormous anniversary in Savannah, Georgia, and honored a pioneering female enterprise chief as grand marshal in New York.

The trip commemorates Ireland’s patron saint and was popularized largely by Irish Catholic immigrants. Whereas St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17, some parades had been moved up from Sunday, a day of worship for the Christian devoted.

Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which dates to 1762 — 14 years sooner than the U.S. Declaration of Independence — is probably going one of many world’s largest Irish heritage festivities.

Megan Stransky of Houston and two kinfolk deliberate a Broadway weekend to coincide with the parade, seeing it as a main different to remember their family’s Irish roots and the traditions that helped type their upbringing.

A kayaker floats on the Chicago River, dyed inexperienced ahead of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Chicago. (AP {Photograph}/Erin Hooley)(AP)

The event didn’t disappoint.

“There’s no comparability to another parade or metropolis that I’ve been to,” Stransky marveled as she took throughout the bagpipers, bands, police and navy contingents and additional.

The grand marshal, Irish-born Heineken USA CEO Maggie Timoney, is the first female CEO of a big U.S. beer agency. At a pre-parade reception at New York’s mayoral residence, Irish Minister for Justice Helen McEntee hailed the recognition for Timoney and well-known one other causes for celebrating Irish American hyperlinks this yr, along with Irish actor Cillian Murphy’s best actor Oscar win remaining weekend.

New York Metropolis has plenty of parades on quite a few dates spherical its 5 boroughs — along with, on Sunday, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade allowing LGBTQ+ groups to march on Staten Island.

Mayor Eric Adams remaining month launched the plan for the model new, privately organized celebration, organized after an space group requested for years to affix the borough’s decades-old parade. That longstanding event, which does not allow groups to march beneath LGBTQ+ banners, occurred earlier this month.

The Manhattan parade began allowing LGBTQ+ groups and symbols in 2015, after a few years of protests, approved challenges and boycotts by some politicians.

Ahead of Chicago’s parade, lots of of people — many decked out in inexperienced with beers in hand — gathered alongside the Chicago River to look at the native plumbers union boats flip the water inexperienced. Organizers say the customized, started by the union, makes use of an environmentally nice powder as quickly as used to confirm pipes for leaks.

Katie and Ryan Fox, of suburban Mount Good, landed a spot on a tour boat and observed one among many union boats spraying the dye in entrance of them.

Ryan Fox, 37, said seeing the river dyed by boat was one in all his “bucket guidelines” objects.

“If there’s a metropolis that does it greater than Chicago, I’d desire to see it,” he said.

Huge, green-garbed crowds moreover lined the streets of Savannah for the bicentennial of a parade that began with a few dozen Irish immigrants in 1824. It’s now one among many South’s predominant annual events, quite a bit so that the Savannah house had virtually 18,000 resort rooms booked for the weekend.

Totally different communities lent their very personal style to the St. Patrick’s Day revelry.

In Oklahoma Metropolis, an entire lot lined the streets of Stockyard Metropolis — the nation’s largest stockyard operation — for a parade along with longhorn cattle, clowns and an individual dressed as St. Patrick. The grand marshal was Anita Swift, granddaughter of American film legend John Wayne.

In San Francisco, revelers carrying darkish inexperienced T-shirts and lime inexperienced feather boas watched bands, floats and buses throughout the metropolis’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The event known as for unity and aimed to hold collectively completely completely different cultural groups with dance, music and meals.


This story has been corrected to level out that Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade began allowing LGBTQ+ groups to march beneath their very personal banners in 2015, not 2014, and that the model new Staten Island parade allowing such contingents is able to happen Sunday, fairly than having occurred in February. The story has been edited to clarify that Timoney is USA CEO for Heineken.