The St Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC is steeped in history and tradition and is the premier such Parade in the world, so when you go and watch it you are participating in history.
The first Parade was held in 1762, the first in the world, even before one was held in Ireland.
Not only is it the largest such Parade in the world, it is also the oldest civilian Parade in the world, and is, amongst other things a stirring tribute to the impact of the Irish on NYC’s history.
If you go and watch the Parade make it’s way along the 1.5 mile Fifth Ave route in Manhattan you will see approximately 150,000 people taking part and it will take 5 hrs for them all to pass where you are standing.
Bands, firefighters, military, police, County Associations, emigrant societies, and social and cultural clubs all take part. It is traditionally led by the 69th Infantry Regiment (New York).
The video clip is a marvellous compilation of some of the gorgeously fitted out Pipe Bands that take part each year.SHARE this great video with other lovers of Pipe Bands.