Archbishop Leonard P. Blair stands next to Colleen A.M.B. Hines, grand marshal of the 2016 New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade, as Dominican Father John Paul Walker, pastor of St. Mary Parish, and the parade committee arrange themselves for a group photo on March 13 on the front steps of St. Mary Church in New Haven.
The archbishop celebrated Mass for the group before the kickoff of the parade.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition in New Haven was born on March 17, 1842.
The sixth-oldest parade in the nation, it features about 3,000 marchers and musical units. It was recognized by the Library of Congress in 1999. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)