Happy St. Patrick's Day!

by Joseph McKeown


 The St. Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City.

For St. Patrick's Day today we set out to capture the most Irish photo possible. We believe we have succeeded: this photo of a banner of St. Patrick in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in the St. Patrick's Day Parade with an Irish flag should certainly qualify. St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade, held on March 17, 1762, consisted of homesick, Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. The marchers wore green since this was a sign of Irish pride that was banned in their home country. The parade's tradition of marching past St. Patrick's Cathedral has not changed, except that originally the marchers passed Old St. Patrick's Cathedral on the corner of Mott and Prince Streets in SoHo. Now time for a Guinness (the only thing missing from the photo)!