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St. Patrick's Day parade in Sydney

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Sydney, Australia celebrates Saint Patrick's Day 2014 en mass this Sunday, and even rain didn't stop a parade. The downtown streets of Sydney was lined in spectators dressed in green on March 16th, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald, the rain began at the start of the parade and continued to fall for several hours.

'As the thunder clapped, the crowd cheered,' reported the Herald. Perhaps there was no pot of gold discovered at the end of the rainbow, but there were plenty of leprechauns. Authentic Irish dancing troupes, bag pipes, and marching bands filled the streets of Sydney as onlookers cheered despite the weather.

The parade started at the Sydney Town Hall, and the party carried on into Hyde Park at a 'family day' celebration, according to the 'Sydney St Patrick's Day Organising Committee.' Plenty of dancing and music made the celebration complete.

The parade and festivities are in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Sydney St. Patrick's Day Parade website includes a brief look at the history behind the reason for the celebration.

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