Thousands turn out for St. Patrick’s Day parade

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Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world lined the streets of Dublin Tuesday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

It was just one of many events taking place around the country, and across the globe, to celebrate the day.

The city was transformed into a multicultural celebration for the two-hour spectacle, which saw street theater troupes, artists, giant puppetry, dancers and marching bands.

A leprechaun-dressed street entertainer shouted, “To hell with the recession! Let’s dance!”

St. Patrick’s Day began as a holiday to honor the death of the patron saint of Ireland, known for converting native Irish pagans to Christianity. But over the years the holiday has become more secular than religious.

The first recorded parade was New York City‘s celebration which began in 1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city with their music. The New York parade is the largest, typically drawing two million spectators and 150,000 marchers.

[Image via International Herald Tribune]