Boston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day; Biden hosts White House brunch with Irish leader

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BOSTON (AP) — While some American cities celebrated Saint Patrick’s day A day earlier this weekend, Boston, one of the most Irish cities in the country, celebrated its parades and festivities on Sunday, March 17.

Crowds of green-clad revelers lined the streets for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston, which normally draws about 1 million people. It not only celebrates the city’s Irish heritage, but also Evacuation Day, which commemorates the evacuation of British troops from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

When Aidan Richardson started attending school in Worcester, Massachusetts, his friends insisted that they had to attend the Boston parade.

“It’s a great time so far,” the Rochester, New York, native said. “Growing up I was told she was Irish and then suddenly last year I found out she was Scottish. I still love him.”

In Washington on Sunday, President Joe Biden held a St. Patrick’s Day brunch for Catholic leaders in the East Room. The room was decorated for the holiday, with an Irish flag, shamrocks, and green and gold tablecloths. The guest seating cards were written in Celtic-looking green letters.

The Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, attended the event accompanied by his partner, Matthew Barrett.

Biden, a devout Catholic who is extremely proud of his Irish heritage, said he was grateful to Varadkar for spending time with him during the holiday and thanked Catholic leaders for their humanitarian work.

“Welcome everyone to St. Patrick’s Day at the White House,” Biden told the crowd. The president also hosted a reception later on Sunday.

In Boston, other St. Patrick’s Day events were also held across the city, including a memorial mass and a boxing tournament. Long-running Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys were set to play the first of their back-to-back St. Patrick’s Day concerts.

Crowds also took to the streets on Sunday to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Kansas City, Missouriweeks after a rally honoring the Super Bowl champion Chiefs was marred by a fatal shooting.

April Coleman spent Sunday handing out green beads and frolicking with family and friends. She acknowledged that the shooting was not completely off her mind, but she said she did not want to live in fear and that skipping the big meeting was out of the question.

“I still want to go out and have fun with good people,” he said.

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