New York City was awash in green and Irish pride as throngs celebrated the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

More than 150,000 people marched from 44th to 79th streets in the 256th annual parade, and the marchers Friday came from all walks of life – military members, teachers and students, police and firefighters, politicians, plumbers and steamfitters.

Heavily armed officers kept a no-nonsense eye on security around the parade route as a pipe band played ‘God Bless America.’

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and Police Commissioner Patrick O'Neil at the St Patrick's Day parade, New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and Police Commissioner Patrick O’Neil at the St Patrick’s Day parade, New York

The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kelly stands alongside Cardinal Timothy Doland and Governor Andrew Cuomo who also walked along the with the group, wearing a green, white and orange banner and waving his Irish flag

The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kelly stands alongside Cardinal Timothy Doland and Governor Andrew Cuomo who also walked along the with the group, wearing a green, white and orange banner and waving his Irish flag

More than 150,000 people marched from 44th to 79th streets as part of the annual celebration of all things Irish in New York City

More than 150,000 people marched from 44th to 79th streets as part of the annual celebration of all things Irish in New York City

A sea of green: These party-goers headed to the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York to celebrate the day

Bagpipe players outside St Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the St Patrick's Day Parade 

Bagpipe players outside St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York for the St Patrick’s Day Parade 

Thousands of people cheered as the New York National Guard’s ‘Fighting 69th’ brought its mascots – Irish wolfhounds.

Additionally, dressed in the traditional olive green camouflage, the 69th regiment of New York led the parade for the 165th year, accompanied with a bagpipe-player. It was originally the organized militia for Irish immigrants in New York.  

St. Patrick’s Cathedral displayed both the American and Irish flags. A special Mass was held there before the parade stepped off. 

The route also passed Trump Tower, the home of President Donald Trump and his family. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an appearance in the parade, walking alongside Police Commissioner Patrick O’Neil. Governor Andrew Cuomo also walked along the with the group, wearing a green, white and orange banner and waving his Irish flag.

A gingery woman wears a painted on gold shamrock as she watches the annual New York City parade

A gingery woman wears a painted on gold shamrock as she watches the annual New York City parade

A man with his face painted with the Irish flag watches the St Patrick’s Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

Firefighters pose for a photo with a paradegoer in New York 

Firefighters pose for a photo with a paradegoer in New York 

The route also passed Trump Tower, the home of President Donald Trump and his family

The route also passed Trump Tower, the home of President Donald Trump and his family

This year’s parade was dedicated to New York’s Catholic charities and the New York State Police, both of which turned 100 years old this year

There was barely a trace of the city’s Tuesday snowstorm after sanitation crews scrambled to clear off the iconic street. It was even a relatively warm and sunny day.

This year’s parade was dedicated to New York’s Catholic charities and the New York State Police, both of which turned 100 years old this year. 

Marching in the parade, members of the FDNY honored EMT Yadira Arroyo, carrying a banner displaying her picture and name with the words ‘Rest in Peace’. She was killed Thursday night in the Bronx after police said she was struck down by her own ambulance that had been stolen, reported WINS. 

The parade also honored NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who died last year at the age of 59. He was shot in 1986 while confronting a bicycle thief, and was paralyzed from the waist down, but publicly forgave the shooter. 

Stadiums, statues, castles and towers around the world will go green today, with big new additions for 2017 including the One World Trade Center in New York- the main building of the re-built World Trade Center in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

 

There was barely a trace of the city's Tuesday snowstorm after sanitation crews worked to clear it off of the parade route. It was even a relatively warm and sunny day

There was barely a trace of the city’s Tuesday snowstorm after sanitation crews worked to clear it off of the parade route. It was even a relatively warm and sunny day

The parade also honored NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who died last year at the age of 59. He was shot in 1986 while confronting a bicycle thief, and was paralyzed from the waist down, but publicly forgave the shooter

The parade also honored NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who died last year at the age of 59. He was shot in 1986 while confronting a bicycle thief, and was paralyzed from the waist down, but publicly forgave the shooter

Crowds doned fancy dress as they gathered along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to watch the annual parade

Crowds doned fancy dress as they gathered along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to watch the annual parade

New York City was awash in green and Irish pride as throngs celebrate at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

New York City was awash in green and Irish pride as throngs celebrate at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

An army of bagpipe players paraded through the centre of New York for St Patrick's Day

An army of bagpipe players paraded through the centre of New York for St Patrick’s Day

Revellers in leprechaun hats and face paint lined the streets for the St Patrick's Day parade in New York, USA

Revellers in leprechaun hats and face paint lined the streets for the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, USA

Heavily armed officers kept a no-nonsense eye on security around the parade route as a pipe band played 'God Bless America'

Heavily armed officers kept a no-nonsense eye on security around the parade route as a pipe band played ‘God Bless America’

People have been celebrating with a few beers or shots of whiskey around the city as well, and police are on high alert as there are far more people in the street than usual. 

All day long people have been camped out at Irish themed bars and restaurants celebrating the raucous occasion. 

Police officers outside Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan had to force multiple people to empty their drinks as they attempted to carry them from one location to the other.

Celebrators have also been posting photos on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to share photos of their drinks or how they are celebrating the occasion. 

Police officers force two men to empty their drinks outside Connolly's Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan 

Police officers force two men to empty their drinks outside Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan 

All day long people have been camped out at Irish themed bars and restaurants celebrating the raucous occasion

All day long people have been camped out at Irish themed bars and restaurants celebrating the raucous occasion

 

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