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Great fun at the Shamrock Shuffle, which preceded the parade.
Renée Frank speedwalked the whole way for a personal best.
Wilkins School teachers Victoria Robinson, Donna Sadkowski and Liz Alexakos: #CarterTough
Justin Bachert, right, of Portland Pie Co. trying to keep up with the post-race crowd.
Christine Silva, left, and Kathy Laporte, right, of Weare, strike a pose.
Kathy Staub and Marty Quirk, announce the parade lineup.
Grand Marshal Mary Ellen Biser, ceremonial parade leader, along with her husband, Bill Biser.
Manchester Police Officer Warren Olson, flanked by his fellow motorcycle cops.
Former Mayor Sylvio Dupuis.
Bundled up: Roger and Talia Flannagan with son Landon and baby Parker, enjoy the parade.
Former Mayor Bob Baines with his pride and joy, grandsons Jacob Miller, 11 and Lucas Miller, 8.
Kira and Steven Morehouse with daughters Savannah, 3 and Sophia, 8, make their way down Elm Street after spending Palm Sunday at Brookside Congregational Church.
Boy Scout Troop 51 of Methuen, Mass., representing!
Boy Scout Troop 51 of Methuen, Mass.
Gym Dandies on amazing stacked unicycles – while juggling!
Police Chief Nick Willard with members of the Police Explorers.
Manchester Police K-9 unit.
Officer Donovan with Zeus.
Community Police Officer Mark Ampuja.
Memorial High School marching band.
Going the extra mile, even with an injury!
Miss NH Holly Blanchard, and Miss NH Outstanding Teen
Mayor Gatsas flanked by school board members Lisa Freeman, left, andRich Girard, right,
Ward Aldermen and School Board Members join the parade.
WMNH morning radio show hotsts Joel “Moose” Elber and Peter White.
Sen. Kelly Ayottte waves to the crowd.
Gov. Maggie Hassan greets the crowd.
Candia Road Convenience and Nepenthe Ale.
Erik Leskiak, of the NH Fisher Cats, trying to keep up with Fungo!
Jake, a therapy dog.
Hope for NH Recovery.
Bob and Sue Dolan of Manchester, with Lucky.
Big finish from Londonderry Lancers.
Anthony Brown, aka a leprechaun, had to give away his entire pot of gold.
MANCHESTER, NH – Talk about the luck of the Irish – organizers couldn’t have ordered up more perfect weather for this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which took over Elm Street on March 20.
The event kicked off with the Millennium Running Shamrock Shuffle (click here for full race results) and lots of fans and friends cheering runners along from the sidelines. Liz Alexakos, a first-grade teacher at Wilkins School in Amherst, was part of a group of teachers running in honor of a student named Carter, who bravely battled bone cancer and just had his leg amputated.
There were many great causes represented by marching units, from Hope for NH Recovery and Caring Paws Therapy Dogs, to Shriners Bektash Temple, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and Manchester Police and Fire Departments.
Dignitaries marching in the parade included Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Mayor Ted Gatsas, several Board of Aldermen and Board of School Committee members. Also spotted in the crowd, former Mayors Sylvio Dupuis and Bob Baines.
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