The St. Patrick's Day parades in Dublin and New York are a chance for the?
SV Girls parading down street in St. Patrick's Day parade past Lord Mayor on reviewing stand in Dublin Irish Republic
SV Contingent from Virginia, U.S. in Dublin parade
SV Members of United States police force parading
TGV Dancing group performing for Mayor
New York, U.S.A. TGV Bands and dancers parade in New York street
SV Cardinal Terence Cook on steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral watching parade
CU Cardinal Cook speaking to reporter
SV Band parades through streets (2 shots)
SV Construction workers watching parade as Mayor Beame joins in parade (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: RYAN: "For the 215th consecutive year, the Irish and the Irish for a day were on the march in New York City. On the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Cook, honorary Grand Marshal of the Parade. How do you like this one?"
COOK: "Oh, this is really one of the best I think. The weather's just perfect. The spirit is an joyful as ever. And the great spirit of sharing in faith, in God and in one another too."
RYAN: "At 52nd. Street, hard-hats on a construction project cheered Mayor Beame, Police Commissioner Cod or both of those above. And the parade had its hare of sidewalk troubadours."
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Background: The St. Patrick's Day parades in Dublin and New York are a chance for the Irish at home and abroad to get together and celebrate their patron saint's day. In recent years, the parades have not matched their early sparkle but that wasn't the case this year.
SYNOPSIS: Shamrock-wearing Irish put aside their economic woes in Dublin on Thursday (17 March) and celebrated St. Patrick's Day with parades and pageants. Thousands turned out to march behind massed bands and pipes through flag-bedecked streets despite gusty winds and heavy rain. A giant industrial parade was the high point of celebrations in the capital.
There were a large number of American groups in the parade with the stars and stripes almost outnumbering the Irish tricolour. There was a uniformed police contingent from Boston, drum majorettes from Texas and a group from Los Angeles known as the "Bloomers Brigade". American Irish have been keen to maintain their links with the old country and are proud to take part in the Dublin celebrations.
The entire parade took 90 minutes to pass the reviewing stand outside the general post office in O'Connell Street.