• The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Continental Color Guard made up of Sgt. Nicholas Bogert, Sgt. Colin Boyle,  Spc. Jason Caspers, Spc. Paul Chance, and Spc. Ronald Wildrick walk down Fifth Ave. past St. Patrick's Cathedral during the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The 3rd Infantry Color bears 54 campaign streamers, earned by the unit's participation in major conflicts, the Meritorious Unit Citation and two Superior Unit Awards.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Continental Color Guard made up of Sgt. Nicholas Bogert, Sgt. Colin Boyle, Spc. Jason Caspers, Spc. Paul Chance, and Spc. Ronald Wildrick walk down Fifth Ave. past St. Patrick's Cathedral during the New...

  • Col. David Anders, Commander, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) leads The Old Guard during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard marched from 44th street to 86th street up Fifth Avenue. This was the first time The Old Guard has participated in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Col. David Anders, Commander, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) leads The Old Guard during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard marched from 44th street to 86th street up Fifth Avenue. This was the...

  • Honor Guard Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducts and pass in review during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. Honor Guard Company was lead by Cpt. Erik Edstrom and Platoon Sgt. Staff Sgt. Christopher Pearce.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Honor Guard Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducts and pass in review during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. Honor Guard Company was lead by Cpt. Erik Edstrom and Platoon Sgt. Staff Sgt...

  • Elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides...

  • Parade goers watch as elements of the 3rd U.S. infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march by during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard marched approximately two miles up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Parade goers watch as elements of the 3rd U.S. infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march by during the 250th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. The Old Guard marched approximately two miles up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th...

It's that time of year where the color green floods the streets, and the air is filled with sound of bagpipes. There is a break in tradition for this year's 250th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is participating for the first time.

"It's a really great opportunity to represent the Army in New York City. It's a real honor to participate in such a ceremony," said Sgt. Nicholas Bogert, Continental Color Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

The parade has been held for the past 248 years in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade is reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by Cardinal Edward Eagan, Archbishop of New York in the same manner as the Archbishop of New York did in the early days of the Parade at the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in Lower Manhattan.

"I like being a part of history. One day I will watch this parade with my kids and I will be able to tell them that I marched in that very parade," said Sgt. 1st Class Cody Reeves, Delta Company 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York was held on lower Broadway in 1762 by Irish ex-patriots and Irish military. The parade participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear the green, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were very meaningful to the Irish immigrants who had fled their homeland.

The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the United States. The Old Guard personally selects its soldiers from throughout the Army to be a part of this elite unit.

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