Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade draws thousands (Slide Show)
ATLANTA, March 15, 2015 — The threat of rain did little to dampen the spirit for tens of thousands of Atlantans who turned out Saturday to take in the annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade.
In fact, the rainy weather gave the parade a feel of the Emerald Isle.
More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, entertainers and St. Patrick’s-inspired stormtroopers made their way down world-famous Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta for the annual family-friendly parade that celebrates the city’s Irish culture and history.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a time of year when we celebrate with our global family of Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny wrote in an op-ed published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kenny served as the parade’s grand marshal.
Started in 1858 by the Hibernian Benevolent Society, a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization, the parade is one of the oldest parades of its kind in the United States. It is also the longest-running event in Atlanta’s history.