Thousands celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Charlotte

Members of the County Carlow Association ride horses as they march past St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade

Members of the County Carlow Association ride horses as they march past St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade

"We're looking at highs in the low 30s and, once you've factored in the wind, it will feel a good bit more chilly", said Buttrick.

Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day parade is considered the second-largest in the country.

The St. Patrick's Day parade was held in NY city on Saturday with the color of green occupying avenues and streets in Manhattan, drawing people from all cultures.

Judy Hughes, whose father used to march with the 69th Infantry Regiment, also known as the "Fighting Irish", said she's been attending the parade "since I was a little girl". It attracts people from everywhere, who want to celebrate their Irish heritage. "We've got the flags from all the different counties and we're just out to celebrate and we do it every year", said Jen O'Connell with the Irish American Society of Tidewater.

St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland and the 17 March marks the traditional day of celebration. Irish step dancers made a performance as well.

Earlier Sinn Fein's former president Gerry Adams was honoured at a St Patrick's Day breakfast event hosted by the mayor of NY on Saturday.

The parade's organizers were once involved in annual fights over whether to exclude openly gay groups from the march.

They also have the honor of leading the parade.

Mayor de Blasio began the day hosting a St. Patrick's Day breakfast reception at Gracie Mansion and then attended St. Patrick's Day mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Local businesses and community members walked in the parade handing out candy and waving at the crowd. Speaking of his Thursday meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Varadkar said, "I think he was definitely aware of Irish issues".

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