A Sea of Green Headed Up 5th Avenue in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

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A parade-goer from Boston dressed as a Leprechaun

Alisa Murray, who's visiting New York City from Boston, decided to honor her Irish heritage by dressing up as a leprechaun and marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade. She told WNYC she plans to go to a pub later.

Brian Teeling, who came all the way from Dublin with his wife, is marching as part of the Irish Guard. 

And Claudine Hugg, who's here visiting her daughter at college, says she found out just last year, via Ancestry.com, that she's Irish. She's also marching in the parade.

If three makes a trend, it's clear that the St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan, running up Fifth Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street in Manhattan, is open to both out-of-towners and people of various degrees of Irishness.


For two years now, New York City's official St. Patrick's Day parade has allowed LGBT groups to march. This year, Scottish people evidently made it in, as well.