Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 5k Road Race

Thousands of people invaded the streets of Providence for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday. It was a sea of green as close to ten-thousand people celebrated the Irish culture.

     The two-hour parade included bag pipers, floats, dancers and much, much more. For those involved in the parade, it's the most exciting time of the year for them. 

     “We practice marching up in the drill hall, and we practice on the tunes, and we have a whole set of tunes we prepare specifically for St. Patrick's Day. It's just a blast to do this,” Debbie Kane of the Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band said.

     A special addition at this year's parade were members of the 54th Military Police Unit, who came all the way from Ireland to march in the parade. 

     Before Saturday's parade, thousands of feet hit the pavement for the city's 4th Annual St. Patrick's 5k Road Race. More than three-thousand runners took off from the State House this morning.

     Eric Lonergan took home the first place medal with a time of 15:17. And it's not his only win. Earlier this week, he won the 5k race in Pawtucket. “I'm feeling alright, pretty comfortable. I went at it a little hard, so I paid for it in the second half, but I feel alright now, yeah,” Lonergan said.

     The money raised from today's race will help support charities, including the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and the Rhode Island Food Bank.