PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people wearing green hit the streets of Portland today to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Irish American Club puts on the parade each year to celebrate Irish heritage.
People marching in the parade didn't let the chilly weather put a damper on their spirit. It featured Irish dancers, a bag pipe band, floats and more.
For members of the Irish American Club, it's one of the best days of the year, second only to the real St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday.
"The heritage and culture and tradition of Ireland, it's so rich," Brendan McVeigh, membership director for the club, said. "People love to grab onto it."
Overall, McVeigh said it's a culture that brings people together through a colorful history and a bright outlook on the future.
"Whenever somebody says, 'My folks are from Ireland, or my grandparents are from Ireland,' it's just like, 'yes, where? Which part?' See how you can connect," he said.