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Norwalk marks St. Patrick’s Day

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade hits Washington Street on Saturday morning, after setting off from Veterans Park.

Children dance in the 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade.

NORWALK, Conn. — Children and appreciative adults welcomed smiling Irish eyes to SoNo on Saturday.

Onlookers lined Washington Street and North Main Street to watch Norwalk’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, a procession which included children doing Irish dances, vintage automobiles, greyhounds wearing green, bagpipers, police officers, fire trucks and floats.

Videos by Harold Cobin at end of story.

The parade was organized by the Norwalk Police Emerald Society, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization established in 2015.

“Newly founded, the NPES intends on becoming the largest Fairfield County Police Emerald Society, and the only Fairfield County Emerald Society recognized by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies. The Society consists of active and retired Police Officers, Dispatchers, Firefighters, and Paramedics,” the Emerald Society states on its website.

The festive marching was followed with some Irish fun at O’Neill’s Pub.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way up North Main Street.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Onlookers watch as the 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade begins.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade crosses the Stroffolino Bridge.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way up North Main Street.

Two marchers in the 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day perform a trick with their dog.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way up North Main Street.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way up North Main Street.

The 2018 Norwalk St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way up North Main Street.

Deirdre Daly, Connecticut’s former United States Attorney, left, reviews the parade in her role as grand marshall.

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