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Thousands turn out for St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston

Mar. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of revelers crowded the streets of Boston for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, many wearing green and waving Irish flags as they watched Revolutionary War re-enactors and bagpipe brigades march by. Politicians figured heavily in Sunday's parade, including Republican Gov. Charlie...

Irish pride, and dash of politics, at St Patrick's Parade

Mar. 16, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new, troublesome topic hovered over the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York this year: Britain's failed Brexit deal with the European Union that could squeeze Ireland's economy. But nothing could put a damper on the largest American celebration of Irish heritage on Saturday, with tens of...

The Latest: St Patrick's parade mixes celebration, worries

Mar. 16, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on St. Patrick's Day parades in the U.S. (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City is a mix of celebration and a new troublesome topic hovering over the marchers: Britain's failed Brexit deal with the European Union that could squeeze Ireland's...

Savannah gearing up for profitable St. Patrick's Day weekend

Mar. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Park fountains are gushing with green-dyed water. Beer trucks are making deliveries on a constant loop. And thousands of tourists in gaudy green outfits will soon arrive for Savannah's biggest celebration of the year. Georgia's oldest city is gearing up for the South's largest St....

Rio Carnival winner paid tribute to slain councilwoman

Mar. 6, 2019 4:40 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian samba school that paid tribute to a slain city councilwoman has won this year's Carnival parade contest in Rio de Janeiro. The title announced Wednesday went to Mangueira, which is one of the oldest and most traditional samba schools. The group's theme was Brazil's...

'Rock star for a day': New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Mar. 5, 2019 6:29 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From children clamoring for tossed strands of beads, to revelers dressed up as "blind referees" poking fun at the NFL, to high school bands marching down the street, people in New Orleans celebrated Fat Tuesday with flair and fun. Mardi Gras season began Jan. 6 and featured weeks of...

The Latest: Revelry reflects infamous Saints-Rams 'no call'

Mar. 5, 2019 1:44 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Mardi Gras (all times local): 12:10 p.m. If you thought Saints fans were over the NFC Championship game and the "no-call," think again. Blind referee costumes and yellow penalty flag costumes were all the rage in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday as the city marks the last day of...

Slain black councilwoman remembered during Brazil Carnival

Mar. 5, 2019 4:09 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Samba competition is taking on a political edge in Brazil, with one of Rio's top samba schools and other groups paying tribute to Marielle Franco, an activist for gays and Afro-Brazilian rights who was slain almost a year ago. Mangueira, one of the oldest samba schools in Rio,...

Amid Mardi Gras joy, tears for bicyclists killed in traffic

Mar. 4, 2019 9:28 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mourners placed bouquets, balloons, and Mardi Gras beads near the bike lane among the oaks on Monday along New Orleans' Esplanade Avenue as plans for a parade were altered to include time for tears. People who knew the two bicyclists killed Saturday night — and some who never met...

German Carnival parades defy weather, poke fun at powerful

Mar. 4, 2019 8:19 AM EST

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Germany's main Carnival parades got underway Monday in the face of some windy weather, with floats poking fun at U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Organizers trimmed some frills from the annual parades because of the weather front across western...