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The Army Silent Drill Team performs in front of the viewing stand during the Ballyshaners St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria March 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The Boyle School of Irish Dance performs at the main viewing stand. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria let out the dogs for a Fun Dog Show before the parade. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Shawn P. McLaughlin, Grand Marshall of the Ballyshaners, the volunteer organization that coordinated the parade, is all smiles with his wife, Cassie, as they arrive. The McLaughlins are parishioners of the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The Northern Virginia Firefighter's Emerald Society Pipe Band performs in the parade. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
San Simon Bolivian dancers perform in front of the viewing stand. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
R2D2 and the Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars don kilts for the day. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bagpipers with the City of New York Emerald Society Pipes and Drums make their first appearance in the Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade March 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
A leprechaun rides on the hood ornament of a fire truck. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
St. Patrick leads the local division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria March 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
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