This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member infomatique who was on the scene.
Photographs Of The St. Patricks's Day Parade In Dublin.
I managed to get a press pass for the 2009 parade and as a result had an elevated platform, in the form of an open top double-deck bus, from which to view the Parade here in Dublin. The weather was beautiful, sunny and no rain (proof of global warming). The organisers claimed that it was the biggest parade ever but I cannot agree as the parade only lasted 90 minutes and there was a very obvious reduction in the number of North American visitors (possibly because Dublin has become very expensive).