NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An estimated 2 million people packed the streets Tuesday for the 254th St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue.
The parade, which dates back to 1762, marched past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street and ended at 79th Street. An estimated 250,000 people took part, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan leading the procession as grand marshal.
“I’m as radiant as the sun, so thanks be to God for the honor and the joy,” Dolan said.
“The parade represents our faith, our heritage and our culture,” John Dunleavy, the parade’s chairman, told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.
The event included bands from all over the world — Spain, Japan, France and, of course, Ireland — 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.