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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by Whitney Hayward | of | Share this photo

    Maine Police Emerald Society member Kent Noble stands outside Brian Boru in Portland on St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday.

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    Brenda Dyer dons green and cloverleaf attire at an early St. Patrick's day breakfast at Brian Ború in Portland, ME on Tuesday, Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

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    David Young climbs the stairs of Brian Boru in Portland during its St. Patrick's Day celebration Tuesday.

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    Mary Feigenbaum of Falmouth and Jeanine Bartlett of Portland are dressed in the spirit of the day during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Commercial Street in Portland on Sunday. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

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    A yound parade goer waves the Irish flag during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Commercial Street in Portland on Sunday. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by Jill Brady | of | Share this photo

    John Henkel, drum major, leads the Claddah Mohr Pipe Band down Commercial Street in Portland during the 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by Gordon Chibroski | of | Share this photo

    Members of the Stillson School of Irish Dance entertain 2012 parade watchers on Commercial Street.

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    The 2011 St. Patrick's Day parade from the Irish Heritage Club to Harbor View Memorial Park makes its way down Tate Street in Portland.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by John Patriquin | of | Share this photo

    Members of the Stillson School of Irish Dance participate in the 2009 St. Patrick's Day parade along Commercial Street.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - 2009 Press Herald File Photo/John Patriquin | of | Share this photo

    The Dunlop Highland Band of Maine was among the 2009 marchers in Portland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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    Lead by Drum Major Harry Wellsman with his mace and smartly worn outfit, The Great Highland Bagpipe Band marches up Center Street to the John Ford Statue during the 2006 Official Irish American Club St. Patrick's Parade.

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    Noah Hudson and other members of the Great Highland Bagpipe Band, blow into their bagpipes as they march along Commercial St. in the 2006 St. Patrick's Parade sponsored by the Irish American Club.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by Herb Swanson | of | Share this photo

    George Pulkkinen plays the pipes while marching in Portland's 2003 St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by Jack Milton | of | Share this photo

    Betty Pomroy, of the Irish American Club, carries a banner during the 1997 St. Patrick's Day parade.

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    Ben Goldman, a fifth-grader at St. Patrick's School, awaits the start of the school's 1996 St. Patrick's Day parade.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - 1996 Press Herald File Photo/David A. Rogers | of | Share this photo

    Amanda Jordan, 6, (left) and Davina Ward, 8, members of Reiche School Brownie Troop 1711, struggle with their balloons prior to the start of the 1996 West End St. Patrick's Day Parade. Members of the Brennan for Senate campaign distributed the green balloons for free to any and all takers.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - 1996 Press Herald File Photo/David A. Rogers | of | Share this photo

    Michael Crosby of Gorham leads the West End's 1996 St. Patrick's Day parade with his Great Highland bag pipes Sunday afternoon.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by John Ewing | of | Share this photo

    St. Patrick's Day revelers parade down Bracket Street in Portland.

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    Students at St. Patrick's School in 1992 line up in preparation for the school's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

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    Skip Matson, left, Joe Murphy and Gerard Conley hold their banner prior to the start of the 1991 St. Patrick's Day parade in Portland.

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    Ian Oliver, son of Congressman Jim Oliver, plays an Irish anthem as Skip Matson raises the Irish flag on St. Patrick's Day in Neighborhood Park in Portland.

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    Joann Sanborn and Christine Crossman celebrate St. Patrick's Day during the 1989 parade in Portland.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - 1988 Press Herald File Photo/Gordon Chibroski | of | Share this photo

    Joanna Smith, an account executive at WYNZ, passes out green Lenders Bagels to Munjoy Hill resident James Nealis at the corner of Congress and High streets. The city's Metro bus can be seen in the background.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Staff photo by David MacDonald | of | Share this photo

    A character in the West End St. Patrick's Day parade has high hopes for kisses.

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    A banner is raised at the site of the Portland Museum of Art's Payson Wing in 1982.

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    Through the years: St. Patrick’s Day in Portland - Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives | of | Share this photo

    A photograph from the March 17, 1961 edition of the Portland Evening Express. According to the original caption, the subject is Evening Express reporter Waldo E. Pray, and the hat and tie are "gifts he received to make sure he observed St. Patrick's Day with proper respect this year. Pray jokingly flaunted an orange tie [the previous year] – but it was quickly scissored below the knot."

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    Theodore “Teddy” Brown raises his glass to St. Patrick’s Day in this photograph that ran on the front page of the March 17, 1953 Portland Press Herald. According to the original caption, “Teddy says he’s 72 ‘by all accounts’ and still works longshore. He came to this country from Galway in 1902.” 1953 Press Herald File Photo

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