People were dressed in green as they attended events around the country in honor of the patron saint of Ireland.
From left, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., walk along Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 17, 2018, in New York. A big event since the mid-1800s, the parade has been a celebration of Irish culture and of Irish immigrants, who once faced nativist calls for their exclusion from the workforce, and from the country, when they began arriving in the city in huge numbers during the Irish Famine. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
WASHINGTON — Revelers, celebrities and politicians put on their finest green around the country in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday.
The celebrations included parades in Savannah, Georgia — attended by Vice President Mike Pence — and traditional festivities in New York and Chicago.
The holiday honors the death of patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that he drove all the snakes from the island.
In Chicago, the local plumbers union dyed a portion of the Chicago River green.
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