Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade draws large crowds despite bitter cold

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"I'm always like it's emotional to watch that many people celebrating your heritage", said Lauren.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations got underway early on Saturday in South Boston.

Bands, Irish dancers, floats and family clans entertained the large crowds.

All of the proceeds from the parade will be donated to Birth Haven, a non-profit organization that provides shelter, support and education to pregnant homeless women.

In the 1990s, parade organizers were involved in annual court fights over whether to exclude openly gay groups from the march.

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Parade-goers should dress warmly as Sunday is expected to be sunny, but quite cold, with winds coming out of the northwest, said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

This was the 22nd year for the parade in Uptown Charlotte. They're pretty good parades.

Cleveland Police reported a safe and problem-free parade.

Students from Premier Martial Arts put on a show in the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018, on Massachusetts Street.

Sheila Murphy Crawford was this year's Grand Marshal.

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"My son Paul, who's a ginger, was marching in the Scranton parade wearing the same costume".

Some children could be seen inching closer and closer on to Sheridan Avenue, the main route of the parade, where they sat on the asphalt in hopes of getting the best view of the parade.

"He's basically the Irish version of Moses and no other Irishman has had an effect on Irish identity than Saint Patrick".

Although his accent has faded ever-so-slightly, his heart is still full of Irish pride, he said.

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