LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Call it the luck of the Irish. The recent stormy weather took a welcomed reprieve today — to the delight of the thousands of revelers who gathered along Main Street for the 46th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Although the day was mostly cloudy and temperatures a bit chilly, spirits were high from the moment the procession stepped off at 12:30 p.m. in Lake Como and until the very end — nearly three hours later along Main Street in Belmar.

And once again, the parade lived up to its reputation as being one of the largest and best attended parades. Throngs of spectators lined Main Street to hear the sounds so distinctive to this traditional event which has spanned nearly five decades: the shrill of the bagpipes, the booms and cracks of the drums, and the ear-piercing sounds of the sirens.

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And there’s also the familiar sights that brings it all home for the local crowd, as schools, elected officials and other groups make the march on foot, in unique vehicles or on floats.

For the business community, parade day marks the beginning of a new season as stores, eateries and other establishments say farewell to a sleep winter and offer a sneak peek at warmer days ahead — with a hint of Irish inspiration.

And for many, the St.Patrick’s Day parade means enjoying a round or two of libations with friends orfamily at a house gathering, restaurant or at one of the many Belmar and Lake Como bars where everyone is Irish for the day.

See below to view this year’s parade, courtesy of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

For more photos or information, visit the committee’s website or its Facebook page.

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