Old Guard at NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 21, 2011
Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march down Constitution Ave. in Washington DC's Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 14.
Approximately 120 Soldiers from The Old Guard and The U.S. Army Band participated 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.