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Parades Honor St. Patrick’s Day In Brooklyn, Staten Island

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The flagship parade on Fifth Avenue was held a day early, but two more parades were held in New York City Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg marched in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday afternoon. The parade stepped off at Forest Avenue and Hart Boulevard at noon Sunday, and proceeded along Forest Avenue to Jewett Avenue.

The Brooklyn Irish-American Parade was also held Sunday, from Prospect Park West at 15th Street, up 17th Avenue to Garfield Place in Park Slope, and back to the starting point again.

On Saturday, nearly 2 250,000 marchers headed up Fifth Avenue for the 252nd annual parade, which made its way from 44th Street to 79th Street.

Just about every single Irish-American civic and community group was represented. WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman saw the Breezy Point Catholic Club march past, as well as a group of Boy Scouts with glockenspiels to political figures – including Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.

Also, for the first time, the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, was present, 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported.

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Several communities in Queens and New Jersey also held parades earlier this month. A multicultural parade was held on March 3 in Sunnyside, Queens, while the day before, residents gathered for a parade on the streets of the Rockaways and said it was the Sandy-ravaged peninsula’s way of coming back – very slowly, but very surely.

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