BOSTON (WHDH) - Hundreds of thousands of people packed into South Boston on Sunday to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other festivities across the area.

This year marked the 287th celebration of the holiday in the city’s history and the weather cooperated, with passing showers clearing up just in time for the parade to kick off and sunny conditions for the rest of the day.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was on hand of the parade, saying, “You can see a sea of green all the way down and that’s a commemoration of the importance of culture and tradition and heritage and it’s also a symbol of the American Dream. The Irish immigrant story is really the story of our city and our country.”

Bostonians were the first to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day in North America in 1737. In 1901 the parade came to South Boston, which had the city’s largest Irish population.

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