When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

March 17, 2008

In New York City, St. Patrick’s Day is the day that everyone is — or wishes they were — Irish. Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic, the street’s center stripe is painted green, and thousands of marchers, dancers and celebrants make their way up the avenue in the world’s largest celebration of Irish heritage and culture.

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Dancers heading up 5th Avenue

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Pipers walk on the green striped roadway

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Cheerleaders from Utrecht High School

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Family with green hair

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Dublin girl with green eyelashes

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Woman with beer goggles

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Uniformed officers salute the pipers

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Marching band with shining brass

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Friends with green hair

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Mother & son celebrate

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Sisters in faux leopard skin coats

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Wearing a green tam o’ shanter

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Smiling in festive hats

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A band of pipers marching

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Pipers in kilts near 82nd Street

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Man with a drum

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Fisherman’s knit sweater and tweed cap

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Girl from Fordham in tartan plaid

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Friends in green

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Tiny leprauchan around his neck

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Her tiara says “Irish Princess”

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Today everybody is Irish

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Carrying American flags

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Man with green goatee and brows

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Girl with shamrocks

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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