SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — Thousands of Bay Area residents came out for San Francisco’s 162nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade to honor Irish culture, poetry, music, and lots of green.

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This year’s parade was held a day early, kicking off an entire weekend of pub crawling and festivities.

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The official parade route began at 2nd and Market Street, near St. Patrick’s Church and ended at Civic Center Plaza.

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