Philly puts on the green for Saint Patrick’s Day

Revelers in green shirts, hats, and beaded necklaces lined Market Street for the 2017 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday afternoon, bundled against the frigid temperatures.

From City Hall to Penn’s Landing, Irish folk songs and traditional Irish dance could be seen and heard. A rendition of the traditional Irish song “Danny Boy” was performed by Philadelphia Police officers in honor of fallen officer Danny Boyle, who was killed in the line of duty in 1991.

Students from the McHugh and McDade-Cara schools of Irish dance performed tightly choreographed routines at Fifth and Market streets for the 2017 Grand Marshal Barney Boyce.

The Fralinger and South Philadelphia string bands could also be heard marching down Market, with the latter adorned in full mummer garb.

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The first documented Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia took place in 1771, according to the parade’s website, making 2017 the 245th continuous celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. More than 200 groups participated in the parade to celebrate their Irish heritage and pride.

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