DAVID JEANS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) 03/17 — Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will become a river of green and thunder with the sounds of more than 100 marching bands Saturday in the 257th edition of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Weather for the parade is expected to be cold, in the 40s, but sunny.
This year’s grand marshal is Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairman of The American Ireland Fund, a group that has raised millions of dollars for philanthropic projects in Ireland, including funding for integrated schools for Catholic and Protestant children in Northern Ireland.
She’ll be riding along the parade route in a Central Park horse carriage, driven by a family friend.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office vowing to ban horse carriages from the park on humanitarian grounds, is also marching near the front of the parade with the city’s police commissioner, James O’Neill.
The parade’s organizers were once involved in annual fights over whether to exclude openly gay groups from the march.
Those battles, though, are now in the past. This year at least two groups in the parade have banners identifying marchers as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
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