March 15th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton goes 'green' in St. Patrick's Day parade


Clinton marched in Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - There was no red or blue politics Saturday, only green as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton marched in this city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

It was the first of two holiday parades for the New York senator. She travels to Scranton in eastern Pennsylvania to take part in that city's St. Patrick's Day festivities later in the day.

Pennsylvania is the next big battleground in the race for the White House. There are 158 delegates at stake when the state holds its primary on April 22.

Clinton marched about two miles on the parade route through downtown Pittsburgh. Thousands of people lined the streets, cheering and screaming, some holding green signs that said "Clinton Country" with others that said O'Bama. At times there were mini-sign wars, all in good Irish fun.

However, some boos could be heard as Clinton passed a multi-tiered parking garage, and one man held a handwritten sign that said "Hillary you are a SHAM and have the personality of a ROCK."

Clinton wore a green American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees scarf. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, who have all endorsed the senator, marched alongside her.

At the end of the parade Clinton addressed a crowd, saying, "May the luck of the Irish be with us all." An announcer called the Clintons "great friends of the Pittsburgh Irish."

Clinton has Pennsylvania to herself Saturday. Rival candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is campaigning in Indiana, which holds its primary two weeks after Pennsylvania's. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is on his way to Europe and the Middle East for a week long congressional trip. McCain campaigned in Pennsylvania on Friday.

- CNN's Sasha Johnson and Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Trev

    Go Hillary! I can't wait for people to accuse her of being racist for marching in a St. Patrick's day parade.

    Hillary O' Clinton for President!

    March 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Kay-Arizona

    Interesting that CNN would report the sign that said "Hillary you are a SHAM and have the personality of a ROCK." I guess no one every says anything unkind about Obama or..... CNN just never reports it.
    either Obama supporters are much ruder than Clinton supporters, or CNN is kinder to Obama.

    March 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Alba Bali

    Hillary will win because she is brilliant and women will realize that their dreams rest with her. Lets have a woman who is experienced deal with the vast problems America is faced with. For those who attack Hillary ad hominem I have only to say that Americans are much smarter than you think and these type of attacks will not matter. Go Hillary!!! VOTE FOR HILLARY AND SEE THE AMERICA WE DESERVE BECOME A REALITY.

    March 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. CJ

    Barack Obama isn't in Pennsylvania because he knows he won't win there.

    March 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. vara


    -HILLAR 08

    March 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picture yourself.

    that is good.

    March 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. LadyG

    Go away lady, please go away...You've shamelessly divided our party...You make me feel ashamed to call myself a democrat--please go away lady, it's like you'r the republican running against a democrat...Pretty soon you will be one of the most hated figure in America(next to Bush)

    March 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. RC

    Clinton is doing what she worked for all her life. She is a down to earth person and participates with people of all religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds. I applaud her for her participation. Even in the Louisiana Black forum, she was there, sharing and participating with the black community(Unlike Obama, who chose not to participate). Believe me, it is hard to wake up every morning to share and give your time to all peoples of all walks of life. This is the commitment that Hillary has. Believe me, this is commitment. God will reward her. She will win the nomination and go on for the presidency.

    March 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. hrao

    Go Hillary! Why is Obama not there? I thought he was a chameleon and he could be green also?

    March 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. JCB

    Go Hillary! I hope the voters of Pennsylvania look at your record and vote you a landslide. Now that Obama is really coming under scrutiny, some of his backers should wake up. Really O, you cannot go to a church for twenty years and not know of the teachings and political beliefs of its pastor, who is your "like an uncle." So, Michelle? Are you proud to be an American now? When questions of race, natioanl pride, and national security arise, all Americans need to study and reflect. Go Hillary - she is not ashamed of the red-white-and blue!

    March 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picture yourself.

    That is good to know.

    March 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Ted

    It seems like Hillary will get the opportunity to shake every Pennsylvania Voter's hand between now and their primary day in April. Looks like she's planning on doing just that.

    March 15, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. CARL

    go hillary go. PA should vote for hillary BIG TIME.

    its go time for hillary clinton.
    she would be better for the united states as president.

    GOOD LUCK hillary clinton.

    March 15, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Mollie

    Will this woman stop at nothing ? I bet she was shocked when she heard the boos in her beloved Pennsylvania. It's to bad people there can't see through her lies and desperation. What a joke this woman is. Of course her best buddy Rendell was with her. Do the people there know how much he is behind some of her corruption ? Look up Mr. Paul, it will tell a lot.

    March 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. king

    Politices sure has its kick.Clinton at St partick's day,may the saint touch her heart,America sure needs it.

    March 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Freedom

    This group is too old....i guess most of them dont ten years to live.

    March 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Jose Card - Independent

    While McCain is leaving to meet with leaders of France, Briton and Israel, Hillary goes green in Pitts.

    It's just a totally different level of qualifications we are talking about between Hillary and McCain. I love Irish everything, but I would expect much more in our future president.

    Parading in public requires a lot more secret service and local police to protect the former first lady. Senior Cpl. Victor Lozada-Tirado died of a motorcycle crash in Dallas, TX last February, while protecting Hillary. Is this parade necessary even if it weren't on taxpayers' money?

    March 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Jorge from California

    you guys love Clinton... you are disgusting... and your coverage its unfair and SO BIAS towards Clinton that it will cost you a lot!! the youth of this country is realizing what you are doing!!

    March 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Rich

    Hillary took credit for starting St. Patricks day. She visited Ireland more than once, so her claim does make sense.

    March 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. bigben

    Looking good in green .

    March 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Daniel

    Pretty tasteless of that one guy. Whoever he supports should distance themselves from the likes of him.

    March 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Clinton campaigning = pandering.

    I didn't see her at the Italian Christopher Columbus Day parade.

    Obama '08

    March 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Pennsylvania voters are smart people and will vote for the best candidate, Hillary Diane Clinton. Hope Obama turns green with envy....

    March 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Tom

    One man held a handwritten sign that said "Hillary you are a SHAM and have the personality of a ROCK."

    It just shows that Obama supporters are as hateful as his Paster...

    Voting for Obama shows how much you hate America, its a simple as that, his paster his wife hates "whites" and the country that gave them freedom.

    I wish people would start booing BO for his hateful fans!

    Clinton or McCane 08'

    March 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. JB Boston

    I'm a Civil Engineer. Do you want my wife to build your bridges?

    Tax returns
    Funding for the Library
    White House Docs that Bill has blocked from being released

    Don't think we will just forget!

    March 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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