Rain or Snow, St Paddy’s Day Parade Thrived!

Die hard St. Patrick’s Day observants from far and near gathered along the streets of chic 5th avenue to watch luminaries and dignitaries such as Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Chuck Schumer, Grand Marshall Alfred Smith IV, parade up the avenue despite the down pour of rain and sleet snow that threatened the day. The crowd, not one to be turned away by the sappy weather cheered on the bag pipes and parade participants. Uber luxury store Cartier joined in the celebration by changing the signature Cartier flags outside it’s store to that of the Irish flag, providing an excellent backdrop for wonderful imagery, which many press photographers as myself took advantage of. It would have been a good gesture for Saks located on the same avenue to have done the same, considering they have a much wider storefront on the avenue featuring many flag posts. Hopefully, someone will read this post and pass the message to the appropriate team. That’s something to think about.

The holiday falls on a Sunday (Mar. 17) so the parade had to take place on a Saturday Mar. 16, 2013. The 252nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest and oldest congregation of Irish and their generations outside of Ireland ever in the world. Younger (and young at heart) costumed revelers continued on with the celebration much later into the night with feast and drinking at just about every pub (bar) in the city.

To preview some of the fashionable sightings at the parade, visit Shoeholics Club and about Kate Middleton observing the day in a near “wardrobe malfunction” in the UK. In case you missed the coverage from last year, you can still catch up by clicking here! 🙂

If you see any image you fancy, just click on it to preview the enlarged version. As usual darling, all rights reserved :)

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Senator Chuck Schumer

The ancient Irish Brigade

Officer Steven McDonald

Yours truly

Cartier store honoring the Irish day with the flags.

Rain or snow, the parade took place just fine

Yours truly with the Arch Bishop

The parade in front of Saks store

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