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March 17, 2013

Revelers from NYC to Dublin mark St. Patrick’s Day

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“I’ve got a little Irish in me, so I’m supporting the cause,” he said.

May bought the outfit online to wear to Notre Dame football games. But he figured it was fitting for this occasion, too.

“I probably will get to drink for free,” he said, after posing for a photograph with a group of women.

“That’s what I’m hoping,” said his girlfriend, Angela Gibson.

Kenny, who visited Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day last year, was again making the holiday a jumping-off point for an extended trip to the U.S., with stops in Washington and on the West Coast over the ensuing several days.

He and President Barack Obama were to meet Tuesday at the White House and Kenny was to give Obama shamrocks, a tradition that dates to Harry S. Truman’s administration. Obama also was slated to meet the Protestant and Catholic leaders of Northern Ireland’s cross-community government, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.

Thousands of revelers gaudily garbed in green crammed the oak-shaded squares and sidewalks of downtown Savannah, Ga., on Saturday, for a celebration that’s a 189-year-old tradition.

Led by bagpipers in green kilts, a parade kicked off Saturday morning, hours after customers began lining up at downtown bars. More than 1,000 worshippers also packed the pews of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for the Mass that traditionally precedes the parade.

But the Savannah parade went on without Ireland’s No. 2 politician, Eamon Gilmore, who skipped the trip to avoid a dinner where only men are allowed.

Gilmore, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister, told the Irish Times a visit to Georgia’s oldest city would have come with the expectation he attend the annual dinner of the Hibernian Society of Savannah, a private event open only to men. The group’s leader said Saturday that Gilmore wasn’t formally invited but that he would have been welcome.

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