MANHATTAN (PIX11) — Irish culture and heritage were celebrated Friday on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City.

Hundreds of thousands marched in the parade and lined the route along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street in Manhattan.

The tradition dates back to 1762. Police, firefighters, emergency responders and the military all march in the parade.

Schools, bands and agencies from around the country also walked and waved to celebrants along the route.