Scenes from St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC (15 images)

Notable New York City and Irish figures celebrate at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City on Saturday. The New York City St. Patrick's Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762. Photos by John Angelillo/UPI
Updated: March 19, 2018 at 8:52 AM
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holds an Irish flag while marching on Fifth Avenue.
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A man covered in dozens of Irish buttons watches the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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From left to right, Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., march on Fifth Avenue.
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Varadkar greets a group of paradegoers wearing Ireland hats. Varadkar spent the previous day in Washington for the traditional Shamrock bowl presentation at the White House.
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A child holds the flag of Ireland while watching the parade move up Fifth Avenue. The parade route is about 1.4 miles long, passing St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park.
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A marching band of men in uniform move down the parade route. The parade includes over 100 marching bands and 150,000 marchers in total.
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The first St. Patricks' Day parade in New York City was on March 17, 1762 and was comprised of homesick Irish soldiers of the British army that were stationed in New York.
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