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St. Patrick's Day Parade Blessed with Perfect Ingredients

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