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St. Pat’s parades proceed amid tension over gays


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New York’s parade, a tradition that predates the city itself, draws more than 1 million spectators and about 200,000 participants every March 17. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city’s political trail, and includes marching bands, traditional Irish dancers and thousands of uniformed city workers.

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Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik in New York, Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga., contributed to this report.




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