The Old Guard to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 10, 2011
Mr. John T. Dunleavy, Chairman, New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee presents a plaque to Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District Washington commanding general inside the Soldiers quarters of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, March 4, 2011. The plaque was presented to Horst to be placed in the Tomb quarters to honor all of the Soldiers that work and live there. Tomb guards are members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
Approximately 120 Soldiers from The Old Guard and The U.S. Army Band are scheduled to participate in the 250th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City March 17.
The St Patrick's Day Parade is one of the few remaining where no cars, floats, buses, trucks or other vehicles are allowed. People march up Fifth Avenue, led by members of the 165th Infantry (originally the Irish 69th Regiment of Fighting Irish fame). Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the more than 150,000 marchers are members of various Irish societies from New York and around the country; many Eire-based societies make the Atlantic crossing to trek the two miles uptown. Large contingents include the Emerald Societies of the New York City Police and Fire Departments.