Boston Celebrates Boisterous 117th St. Patrick's Day Parade

PHOTO: Karyn Regal / WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (AP / WBZ-AM) — Thousands of people dressed in green have swarmed the streets of Boston to see the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

The 117th parade was held on Sunday.

Paradegoers faced temperatures in the low 30s.

The Boston Globe reports the parade route was shortened due to last week's nor'easter. The snow didn't diminish the turnout or dim the enthusiasm of the crowds.

A man from a local radio station held a giant cutout of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as people in the crowd cheered wildly. Children plugged their ears as muskets fired.

The parade was hosted by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, and draws between 600,000 and 1 million people each year.

Democratic Mayor Martin Walsh marched after speaking at the annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

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