Wednesday 17 January 2018

Taoiseach marches in New York St Patrick's Day parade

Fionnan Sheahan in New York

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has marched in the world's biggest St Patrick's Day parade.

A group of about 100 members of An Garda Siochana were also in the parade, watched by  thousands of people lining the city streets.

Mr Kenny followed the green line down 5th Avenue in the Big Apple.

The Taoiseach was accompanied by Fine Gael TD Pat Breen, Irish Ambassador Michael Collins and Irish Consul to New York Noel Kilkenny, along with members of his staff.

He marched with United Irish Counties, accompanied by the Breezy Point Catholic Pipes and Drums band.

Breezy Point is the part of Long Island, with a strong Irish community, that was devastated by Super Storm Sandy last October.

The parade has been running in the city since 1762.

The Irish community first marched in New York 16 years before the US Declaration of Independence.

The parade walks up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.

Grand Marshal this year is Arnold E Smith IV, great grandson of the legendary Al Smith, three time governor of New York State. 

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