Patrick's Day celebration in NYC

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Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Raleigh Saturday to paint the town green and cheer on the city's 36th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.

The United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized the parade over the past nine decades.

United States actor Mark Hamill gestures as he attends the St Patrick's day parade, in Dublin, Saturday March 17, 2018. "It's really something to celebrate part of our community heritage, but also acknowledging the important issue of hunger", says River Bend Foodbank President Mike Miller.

Pittsburgh Police said eight people were arrested Saturday night during the celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in Pittsburgh. Beer, candy and corned beef are St Paddy's day classics, and are appreciated with the Irish Gaelic phrase Slainte, which means cheers!

"We're all immigrants", Cuomo declared on a bright, chilly March day.

St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Camilla Ponzona and Jessica Tassan were another pair watching the parade, who recently moved to Dublin from Milan, Italy. I've been here for 10 years so the most senior person does it every year.

The event, up until recently, had a ban on LGBT groups taking part. "I got three boys and my wife and i and [we're] Enjoying the weather today too", said parade attendee Ross Grimes.

"It's the highlight of our life in this city that has Irish people".

"We could parade all day", he said.

The pair arrived in Dublin earlier this week, in time for the capital's famous festivities, and looked to be in high spirits as they celebrated the patron saint of Ireland.

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