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The band goes marching on

A Navy band marches across the shamrock decorated pavement at Dearborn and Washington Streets on March 17, 1987. The St. Patrick's Day Parade included 50,000 marchers, 73 floats, 47 bands and 55 marching units. Tribune photo by George Thompson