People of Irish heritage and those in the spirit of the day came out to St. Patrick Church in Philadelphia for Mass and a parade on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, March 13. The parade, dating back to 1771 in Philadelphia, is said to be the second oldest in the United States.

Christopher Dougherty with his grandmom Sue Noborak

Christopher Dougherty with his grandmom, Sue Noborak.

Kieran and Andrew Stanton

Kieran (top) and Andrew Stanton

Brianna Owens from St Anselm Church hands out lollipops as she marches in the parade.

Brianna Owens from St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia hands out lollipops as she marches in the parade.

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A little rain didn’t dampen spirits along the parade route.

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Michael Rocks marches as St Patrick with the Steamfitters Union.

Michael Rocks marches as St. Patrick with the Steamfitters Union.

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Dancers enlivened the crowd at the parade.

South Philly String Band

The South Philly String Band added great music and color, if not all in green.

Emerald Society Pipe Band leads the procession before Mass.

The Emerald Society Pipe Band leads the procession before Mass at St. Patrick Church.

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A choir in the St. Patrick Church loft adds accompaniment to the hymns.

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Father Joseph Kelley distributes Holy Communion.

Father Joseph Kelley distributes holy Communion.

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A Union Army color guard added some bang to the parade.

Emerald Society Pipe Band

Emerald Society Pipe Band

Reagan Kuczynski from Saint Joseph Church in Orefield in the Allentown Dicoese traveled to march in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

Reagan Kuczynski from St. Joseph Parish in Orefield, Diocese of Allentown, traveled to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Karen Boyce McCollum signs The National Anthem of Ireland.

Karen Boyce McCollum signs the National Anthem of Ireland.

Frank Gallagher sings the National Anthem of The United States before Mass.

Frank Gallagher sings the National Anthem of the United States before Mass.

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This float proclaims the theme of the 2016 parade.

Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance of Philadelphia and Doylestown

Members of the Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance of Philadelphia and Doylestown march with joyful smiles.

Kathy Orr reads the 1st reading during the Saint Patrick Mass.

Kathy Orr proclaims the first reading during the Mass.

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Msgr. Joseph McLoone reads the Gospel during the Saint Patrick Mass on March 13th.

Msgr. Joseph McLoone incenses the book of Gospels before proclaiming the reading during the Mass.

Even Saint Nicholas, Joe Belisari, dressed in green as he marched with Saint Thomas Moore Alumni.

Even St. Nicholas, Joe Belisari, dressed in green as he marched with the St. Thomas More Alumni group.

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Grand Marshal Paul Doris' family members present the gifts during Mass.

Grand Marshal Paul Doris’ family members present the offertory gifts to the main celebrant, Father Kevin Gallagher, during Mass.

Miss Mayo 2016 Maggie O'Connell

Miss Mayo 2016 Maggie O’Connell

Charolotte, Lily and Julia McGeady attend Mass before the Saint Patrick Day Parade.

Charlotte, Lily and Julia McGeady attend Mass before the parade.

Father Edward Brady, Father Kevin Gallagher, Father Joseph Kelley, Msgr. Joseph McLoone

Celebrants for the Mass include, from left, Fathers Edward Brady, Kevin Gallagher and Joseph Kelley, and Msgr. Joseph McLoone.

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Father Kevin Gallagher distributes communion to Grand Marshall Paul Doris.

Father Kevin Gallagher distributes holy Communion to Grand Marshall Paul Doris.

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