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.