Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade started in 1842, according to the Irish American Archives Society in Cleveland. By the '30s, when this elevated shot was taken, the parades were can't-miss spectacles.
This parade float was entered by the New Angle Athletic Club and "drew loud cheers from spectators along Euclid Avenue," according to reports.
St. Patrick's Day paraders don capes and top hats.
View of the St. Patrick's Day Parade at the intersection of East 12th Street and Euclid Avenue
Knights of Columbus members in full dress march down Euclid Avenue.
Dressed as St. Patrick, Mike Sweeney leads a group of children in shamrock gear from St. Patrick's Parish School.
Poor Tom Carey is dressed in a St. Patrick's Day costume by his mother, Mrs. Arther F. Carey.
Carol Koontz's Majorette Troupe of Canton — including Lyvonne Gardner, Paula Gibson, Linda Gaff, Irene Rowan, Barbara Norris — learns a snowy lesson about Cleveland springs.
Mr. Schnappz the Dachshund and his mom, Mrs. William Doran of Shaker Heights, watch St. Patrick's Day Parade.
A fireman holds a 3-year-old child as he smells the flowers by a St. Patrick's Day parade float.
Rich Frindt, Joe Mason and friends from the St. Brendan Youth Group pose near their parade float.
The West Side Irish American Club celebrates St. Patrick's Day.
An ode to Irish Coffee floats down Euclid Avenue. Read more about Irish Coffee and find a great recipe in this month's article.
The East Side Irish American Club marches down East 9th Street.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade nears Public Square.
A Cleveland firefighter greets the crowds at the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The East Side Irish American Club honor the 1916 Easter Rising with a parade float.
East Fourth Street overflows with green-clad revelers.
Flags of Ireland hang from the railings of The Arcade Cleveland.
The violin player of a four-piece traditional band fiddles amongst the Arcade crowd.