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Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade Blessed with Perfect Ingredients

St. Patrick Credits: Rod Hirsch
St. Patrick leads the way for the Immaculata High School Campus Ministry, thanking the crowd for coming to his parade. Credits: Rod Hirsch
St. Patrick confers with Msgr. Seamus Brennan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church before the start of the parade Credits: Rod Hirsch
The county flags of Ireland. Credits: Rod Hirsch
The crowd in front of Mannion's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums Credits: Rod Hirsch
Members of the Somerville Borough Council, from left, Tom Mitchell, Council president Granville Brady, Mayor Ellen Brain, RanD Pitts, Dennis Sullivan, Fred Weid V and County Clerk Steve Peter. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Irish wolfhounds and their handlers decked out in the national colors of Ireland. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Stylin' Credits: Rod Hirsch
St. Ann of Hampton pipes and drums Credits: Rod Hirsch
Mummers Credits: Rod Hirsch
Oohrah! Credits: Rod Hirsch
Irish Chieftain Credits: Rod Hirsch
Parade Grand Marshal Finbarr Kirby and his wife Anne. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Two Thumbs Up! Credits: Rod Hirsch
Time to go to work. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Girl Scout Green. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Formal Wear. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Somerset County Hibernians Credits: Rod Hirsch
Irish dancers. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Member of the Immaculata High School marching band enter the staging area. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Immaculate Conception School marching band waits in the staging area. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Crowd outside McCormick's Pub in the staging area on East Main Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Disguised as an Irishman. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Bagpipers and drums. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums Credits: Rod Hirsch
Irish Eyes are Smilin' - Kaitlin Weber, left, with mom Sarah. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Somerville High School marching band. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Lynn Academy Irish step dancers Credits: Rod Hirsch
Sellin' of the green . . . Credits: Rod Hirsch

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The legendary “Luck of the Irish” was in full force at Sunday’s 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, resulting in the perfect blend of all the right ingredients.

There wasn’t a cloud in the bright blue sky as the parade got under way shortly after 1 p.m.

Led by Grand Marshal Finbarr Kirby, the line of march included everything from pipe and drum bands to Irish wolfhounds, politicians, mummers, Irish step dancers, high school marching bands, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, fire engines and St. Patrick himself.

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The parade route along Main Street was lined by thousands of spectators, many of them sporting the green, white and orange colors of the Irish flag.

The two Irish pubs in town, McCormick's on the east end, and Mannion's Pub and Restaurant on the west end, were packed long before noon, hours before the start of the parade.

Chairs were set up curbside as early as 9 a.m.

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