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Updated : 3/12/2016

 2008 NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade online Lists More Than 300 Groups, Including 151 Marching Bands

NEW YORK, NY, March 10, 2016 – The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s Line of March, reveals an Irish love of music. Of the more than 300 groups listed, 151 are marching bands, including pipers from Galicia, Spain and an accordion marching band from Ireland.

The world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade also boasts the largest gathering of Irish pipe bands. This year includes a pipe band from Asturies, Spain, the Banda De Gaites “El Penedon” De Castropol. Traditionalists will be happy to know the New York Police and Fire Departments Emerald Society Pipes & Drums will each have their usual pride of place in the parade. And be sure to catch the Loughmacrory Accordion Band, from Omagh in County Tyrone, Ireland.

The 255th annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from 44th Street and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street in Manhattan on March 17.

This year’s Grand Marshal is U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who negotiated the Good Friday Peace Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland.  He’ll    lead more than 200,000 marchers up the green line on Fifth Avenue. The parade marks the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising, the birth of Irish Freedom.

The Fighting 69th, the 69th Infantry Regiment, is the first unit in the parade’s Line of March. Parade organizers say all of the traditional Irish organizations, including 49 Ancient Order of Hibernians groups, are also expected to march.  

Parade chairman John Lahey said this year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the “most inclusive parade ever” with the Lavender & Green Alliance joining Out@NBC in the Line of March.

The Parade will be broadcast live on WNBC-4 TV on March 17 and live-streamed here: NBC Online Coverage. For the first time, the parade will also be broadcast live in Ireland and the United Kingdom by Irish TV. Until then, stay tuned to nycstpatricksdayparade.org. We’re in the know.  

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