St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Crowds Line Fifth Ave For Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, 2018 - 11:30 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Crowds gathered Saturday morning, in Midtown for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Revelers were lining Fifth Ave decked-out head-to-toe in green to celebrate the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world. The first one was held on March 17, 1762 -- 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Drums and bagpipes were plentiful for the parade, people were decked out in green, girls were painting shamrocks on their faces, and one man in a kilt decided to dye his moustache a bright Kelly green.

Among the marchers was Irish-American NYPD Commissioner James O'Neil.

"It's just a great day, great day to be Irish, great day to be a New Yorker. I'm so proud to be a police commissioner of the greatest police department in the world," he said.

The governor and mayor marched as well.

Since its earliest days, the parade has been run entirely by volunteers, many of whom come from families who have been organizing the parade for decades.

Saturday marked a special moment for one of New York's finest. Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce was given the honor of blowing the whistle to start the parade, before marching off into retirement.

"So I'm gonna blow the whistle to start the parade, to start everybody marching. That's a great thrill for me, and I thank the parade committee for honoring me, because we consider it a big honor. My whole family will be there, so I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

In a pre-parade interview with 1010 WINS, Chief Boyce said he'll be using the same whistle issued to him as a rookie cop.

Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, celebrated Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday morning, before reviewing the parade from the steps of the cathedral.