NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade took place Monday without Mayor Bill de Blasio marching along with the crowds of kilted Irish-Americans and bagpipers amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.
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The world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage set off down Fifth Avenue on a cold and gray morning, the culmination of a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry.
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“Just a lot of people having a good time,” spectator Mike Ambrosio told CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell.
“Very proud to be Irish,” said spectator Caroline Doherty. “Very proud.”