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8,000 tourists lead Dublin parade

Many had fun and stayed warm while attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, despite the nasty weather.

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Many had fun and stayed warm while attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, despite the nasty weather.

DUBLIN — A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with artistic flair despite the fickle weather Sunday, the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide.

More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a 2-mile jaunt through the city’s heart involving performers from 46 countries.

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Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led this year’s procession in a ‘‘people’s parade.’’ Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or US states, with the Texans making the biggest impression as they sported ‘‘Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Y’All!’’ T-shirts.

One marcher, a 22-year-old engineer from Calgary, Canada, defiantly showed it wasn’t so nippy at all — by doing the hour-long walk shirtless, with only a painted-on shamrock covering his chest.

‘‘It’s not cold!’’ Oliver Feniak declared as he, like many in the leisurely paced 2½-hour parade, stopped to shake hands with onlookers standing five-deep on O’Connell Bridge spanning the River Liffey.

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