Every year, St. Patrick's Day, Irish enthusiasts march to show their commitment to wearing green, partying hard, and looking for people to fall for that old "Kiss Me" button. The obligatory St. Paddy's Day parade has become a tradition of its own — as has the fighting, at least in some places, over the exclusion of LGBT groups from participating in the event. So much so that the marching bands and flag waving are more recognizable to modern-day observers than the religious feast originally intended to mark the anniversary of the death of Ireland's patron saint.
The parade has become such a storied, widespread practice on this day that anyone who has been to one knows to expect a certain type of person to participate — or at least dress for the occasion — and this year, we weren't disappointed. No matter what city you decided to celebrate in on this holiday, these were the people you probably ran across today:
The overly happy
We're not entirely sure why people get so excited about parades, but they do. They really do love a parade.
The overly dressed
We aren't saying that green beer is ultimately responsible for some of the more outlandish clothing you see at a parade, but if you're picking out a wacky wig, it certainly doesn't hurt.