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Ballyshaners host 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in the Ballyshaners Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, VA on Mar 4, 2017.  (Photo by Mark Mogle)

The Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in the Ballyshaners Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, VA on Mar 4, 2017. (Photo by Mark Mogle) Mark Mogle

The word Ballyshaners may mean “Olde Towners” in Gaelic, but to

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Ballyshaners Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, VA on Mar 4, 2017. (Photo by Mark Mogle)

Alexandrians the word is synonymous with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which celebrated its 36th year March 4 in Old Town.

“I am so proud to sit on the reviewing stand and see the flags of Ireland and the United States flying together,” said Pat Troy, Ballyshaners’ chairman emeritus and founder of the parade. “John Fitzgerald and others were from Ireland and are a significant part of this city’s history. Those flags are flying in their memory and for a legacy that should not be forgotten.”

Prior to the start of the parade, the 25th Classic Car Show took place on N. Pitt Street and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria held a Fun Dog Show in Market Square.

“I never thought 36 years ago that all these great things would be happening,” Troy said. “It’s beautiful to see the streets lined with Irish flags throughout the month of March and to know our heritage continues to be celebrated.”

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Members of the Shea Clan march in the Ballyshaners Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, VA on Mar 4, 2017. (Photo by Mark Mogle)

“I am so proud to sit on the reviewing stand and see the flags of Ireland and the United States flying together.”— Parade founder Pat Troy