St. Patrick’s Day rites: Parades, bagpipes, clinking pints

Jack Stephans cheers while watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the crowded oak-shaded square, Friday, March 17, 2023, in historic downtown Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Cities across the United States are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Parades, kicking off a weekend of revelry. New York City’s parade bills itself as the largest and oldest drawing tens of thousands to Fifth Avenue to listen to bagpipes, bands and give homage to Ireland’s patron saint. In Savannah, Georgia, people were planting their lawn chairs in prime viewing spots to watch a flow of floats, dancers and marching bands in another huge celebration. In Portland, Oregon, the city’s oldest Irish bar attempted to brew a record-breaking 264-gallon Irish coffee. Some cities, like Boston, will hold parades over the weekend.