St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to the streets of NYC

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They’re back raising a glass to the luck of the Irish.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned to the streets of the Big Apple Wednesday after being scrapped last year — and was hailed by organizers as a “great day for the Irish.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio was among the slimmed-down group of early risers who gathered from 6:30 a.m. on Lexington Avenue and 26th Street to march to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

The parade — which organizers say started in 1762 — was also watched by a smaller crowd than usual, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging crowds to stay home.

Many of the annual events — including Mass by Timothy Cardinal Dolan — were instead live-streamed, with organizers also urging New Yorkers to toast the day from home.

“This morning’s parade may have looked a little different, but the spirit of our Irish community shone through all the brighter,” the mayor’s office tweeted along with a series of photos from the morning’s celebration.


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