March 17, 2008 Slideshows

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Hibernians' St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Louis, 2008 

No rain on the parade on March 17, 2008 in Dogtown.
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This man didn't want to be identified, but offered one of the few parking spots that would keep vehicles free of raindrops -- for $20.
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Says Shannon Stewart, "People out here aren't even Irish and don't even know what the (blarney) day means. You got a real Irish girl here." Stewart started her day at 9 a.m. along the parade route.
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Kristen Mann, and Andrea Barrale, background, offer $2 green Jell-O shots. "We're always Irish," Barrale said.
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James McMillan and Katelyn Nesselbush embrace after McMillan proposed -- with a "yes" -- marriage. "I'm Irish, today just seemed like the right day," McMillan said. The two plan to be married in Ireland.
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Parade-goers stayed dry for most of the parade.
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Tommy Hayden: "This is the original, the authentic Irish parade." His hair color is not authentic.
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Jessica Millward and her American Bulldog, Charlee. "It's Manic Panic," she said of the dog's green dye job.
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Nick Berkhart walks out of Patrick's Dogtown Liquor with a $5 Busch tall-boy. "It's pretty rough," he said of the prices. Patrick's was the only liquor store in the neighborhood, making it a busy place along the parade route.
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From the hill of a front yard, Shane Reckert bellowed, "We should have coolers! Let's have coolers next year!" No coolers or backpacks were allowed into the neighborhood this year.
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Drew Manes snags a set of beads.
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After beer, beads were the most sought-after items at the parade.
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From the relative quiet of the Patrick's Dogtown Liquor, artist Daniel Pearlmutter paints the scene outside the window. It's a six-year tradition for Pearlmutter.
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Dave Holmes, president of Father Timothy Dempsey Division 1 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, watches the passing parade. "We lead the parade," he said. "The sky cleared up and we had our parade, it always does. I think St. Pat has some pull."
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St. Louis Tionol play traditional Irish music.
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Kenrick Starr, 11, of St. Louis, clamors for a soccer ball being tossed out by float-riding soccer hooligans.
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Revelers from the St. Blarney Stone Academy cross the Tamm Overpass.
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This man didn't want to be identified, but offered one of the few parking spots that would keep vehicles free of raindrops -- for $20.
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