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2012 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade

Thousands of marchers and spectators enjoy the festivities of the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. This year's grand marshal was Francis X. Comerford, an executive with NBC. He grew up in Brooklyn but traces his Irish lineage to Ireland's County Kilkenny.

Parade-goers watch the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade
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Parade-goers watch the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. (March 17, 2012)

From left, Deirdre Kelly, Linda Forth, Darren McCarthy
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From left, Deirdre Kelly, Linda Forth, Darren McCarthy and Eimear Ni Bhriain, of Dublin, Ireland, cheer on the marchers during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan. (March 17, 2012)

Parade-goers watch the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade
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Parade-goers watch the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. (March 17, 2012)

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Parade-goers watch the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade
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Parade-goers watch the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade make its way up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. (March 17, 2012)

Tim Fleming of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
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Tim Fleming of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Orange County, plays the bagpipe as he marches up Fifth Avenue during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York. (March 17, 2012)

A young parade-goer watches the 251st St Patrick's
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A young parade-goer watches the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade make its way up Fifth Avenue in New York. (March 17, 2012)

Parade-goers watch the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade
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Parade-goers watch the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade make its way up Fifth Avenue in New York. (March 17, 2012)

Parade-goer Krys Freebes watches the 251st St. Patrick's
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Parade-goer Krys Freebes watches the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. (March 17, 2011)

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets the Irish Army Reserve
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets the Irish Army Reserve just before the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. (March 17, 2012)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets the New York City
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets the New York City Department of Sanitation just before the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

John White, of the Naval Service Reserve Ireland,
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John White, of the Naval Service Reserve Ireland, participates in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

From left, Cardinal Timothy Dolan greets Steven McDonald,
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From left, Cardinal Timothy Dolan greets Steven McDonald, of Malvern, and his father David McDonald, of Jupiter, Fla., during the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

Maggie Ulrich, 8, of East Islip, watches the
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Maggie Ulrich, 8, of East Islip, watches the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

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Greg Packer, left, of Huntington, and Dennis Dunn,
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Greg Packer, left, of Huntington, and Dennis Dunn, of Bronxville, enjoy the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

Members of the Police Pipes and Drums from
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Members of the Police Pipes and Drums from Bergen County, N.J., participate in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is greeted by
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is greeted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets Lt. Gerard
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets Lt. Gerard Kiely of the Naval Service Reserve Ireland just before the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

Bill Donohue, of Massapequa Park, marches with the
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Bill Donohue, of Massapequa Park, marches with the NYPD Emerald Society during the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, is greeted by retired
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, is greeted by retired Lt. Colonel Robert Hutter of The Fighting Sixty Ninth. Hunter honors the cardinal as an honorary member of their group during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC. (March 17, 2012)

The family of Patchogue native Michael Murphy, who
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The family of Patchogue native Michael Murphy, who was killed in action while serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, marched the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade in his honor. From left are his mother Maureen Murphy; John Murphy, 26, of Patchogue; his father Dan Murphy and his wife Karen Murphy. (March 17, 2012)

Samantha Coppola, of Dobbs Ferry, enjoys the New
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Samantha Coppola, of Dobbs Ferry, enjoys the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012)

From left, Alice Coffey, Elaine Silcock and Bernie
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From left, Alice Coffey, Elaine Silcock and Bernie Coffey, all from Dublin, Ireland, enjoy the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade. (March 17, 2012)

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