I'm enjoying Easter weekend with family, and am taking some time to catch up on editing photos. These were taken on St. Patrick's Day. I work pretty close to Fifth Avenue, and couldn't help but hear the noise when I stepped out to lunch. I usually avoid crowds, but I remembered at least one photography book suggesting parades as a great opportunity for practicing shooting, so I walked on over.
St. Patrick's Day Parade, from Vanderbilt Avenue
There were a number of groups queued up between Vanderbilt and Madison. I guess this was their staging area as they waited to join the parade.
Watching the Parade
I didn't notice this guy holding his hand behind his neck until I went through the photos later. It seemed to lend itself to a pop-art-ish sort of look, so I messed with the saturation, vibrance and added a vignette to try and get that look.
Orange County Fire Fighters
At the Ready
Gaelic Society at the Parade
This group was from Iona College. Unfortunately I didn't have time to find the delegation from Fordham University, my own alma mater.
This guy looks like he was having an awesome time.
Get Your Hats
Looks like this was a group from the Air Force.
These are most of the highlights. I've added a Flickr set that has a few more shots, as well as some from Times Square.