PEARL RIVER, N.Y. -- The streets were a sea of green and crazy hats and smiling faces were abundant in Pearl River on Sunday as thousands of residents and visitors lined the roadway to take part in the town's annual St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration.
The two-mile long parade of bagpipes, drums, school bands, fire department, bands, politicians and even Girl Scouts, offered everyone a chance to celebrate all that's green and to feel Irish, at least for a day.
Steaming cups of coffee and hot chocolate sent waves of steam into the air as the partygoers lined up to catch a glimpse of those marching in what is the nation's third largest parade.
While many were worried that word of impending snow over the weekend could ruin the parade, the Orangetown Highway Department worked feverously through the week to make sure the roadway was clear and the bright green line that marked the parade route could be seen.
According to Grand Marshal Carmel Reilly, some 250 superstitious residents had gone as far as to place beads in their trees and even statues of the Blessed Mother in windows in an attempt to make sure the day was blessed with good weather.
And, although it was a little blustery, the charm and a little luck of the Irish, seemed to have worked as temperatures hovered near the 50s with clear skies.
At the end of the parade, the festive group that had stood four and five deep to enjoy the annual march, flooded local eateries to enjoy a little beer of course, along with some corned beef and cabbage.