The spirit of the Irish in New Haven

Parade watchers celebrate at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Haven, Mar. 16, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some good luck and Irish cheer lined the streets of New Haven Sunday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

This is one of the two days everyone claims to be Irish, the other of course being March 17.

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the largest single day spectator event in the state and the sixth oldest parade in the nation, starting in 1842.

PHOTOS:  St. Patrick’s Day in Connecticut 2014

It usually attracts a few hundred thousand people. Some haven’t missed it in 35 years.

“I don’t remember it being this cold, but we came prepared,” said Carol Fucci. “We learned our lesson — you’ve gotta get in the sun.”

“I like it and I like St. Patrick’s Day, because it’s like green day… they have flags,” Genesi Rodriguez said.

Among the dignitaries marching in the parade were Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and for the first time as mayor, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

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