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Irish Eyes Are Smiling a Day Early in NYC

Irish Eyes Are Smiling a Day Early in NYC

The 258th annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Marching on the streets of New York since 1762 – the oldest, largest, and the best in the world.” as advertised on the official parade program lived up to its billing yesterday as New Yorker’s of all backgrounds came out to celebrate the cities Irish Heritage. It is often said that everyone is Irish in NYC on St. Paddy’s Day. The incredibly beautiful display of diversity at yesterdays parade is simply a microcosm of the overall diversity of New York City, truly the greatest strength of The Greatest City in The World. Enjoy a few photos below from yesterday festivities. Included is large gallery of photos of participants and spectators alike. More Photos will be added to the gallery this evening.

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of the Diocese of New York gives a bless to US Serviceman that is scheduled to deploy overseas this week.
An NYPD Officer and Proud Papa holds his little girl as she waves an Irish flag during the NYC St. Paddy’s Day Parade.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlassio, flanked by NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neil, waves an Irish flag as he marches up Fifth Avenue
Members of the FDNY stand ready to step off into yesterday St. Patrick’s Parade in NYC.

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Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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