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. Jim, Indiana

    Pennsylvania will help the Democratic party finally get Hillary into the place she so much deserves-the nominee.

    As for her rival, jumping ahead to Indiana so early shows that he is conceding Pennsylvania.

    Indiana has heard a lot about Obama's unclear past with Tony Rezko, as our Illinois neighbor, but many Hoosiers are backing Hillary for her long record and her more serious proposals for the US.

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. maynard

    hillary is green on many things when it comes to the presidency of the USA

    March 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. John Des Plaines, IL

    I go green every time I see her.

    March 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. La Petite Sorciere

    Ok, lets all now start going to parades........this is news?????

    March 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |


    March 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Rosemary Storaska

    Gov. Rendell you take great care of our new president! We're counting on you! Go Pennsylvania! Go Hillary! Can't wait to go home where the coal burns long and hard!

    March 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Monique

    She is the most experienced and she can relate with people young and old, black and white. Go Hillary!

    March 15, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Lone Wolf

    Hillary has proven she is the only qualified candidate in this race. The others true colors are coming out.

    March 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. CARL

    Oh my GOD what a idiot pastor wright is. can't believe what he said.
    he is no pastor. he is terrible.
    PA VOTE FOR Hillary Clinton APRIL 22.

    we need hillary clinton as president.

    March 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Relax Joe

    Where is everyone? Are they going to chide her for being of Irish descent, now?

    March 15, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Greg for Hillary

    Proud of Hillary.
    Hillary 08

    March 15, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. andrea, Illinois

    So she marched in 2 parades, who cares....

    March 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Reality check #1

    You will make a great President Hillary! I'm Irish and you certainly have my vote.

    March 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. NDK

    Bravo Hillary! HIllary for President!

    March 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. James, PA

    Sen. Clinton is our last hope for the real change. Judge that for yourself and make no mistake our future is in your hands. You know what Obama is made out of and now it's your turn to judge him.

    March 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Abu

    big news yeahh...............

    March 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Jim

    Pay attention to Irish politics?

    They LOVE the Clintons – best US friends they had in years. Remember, President Clinton hosted Gerry Adamms; President-elect George W. Bush, when asked if he would extend an invite to Gerry, responded would not be hosting "any of those terrorists".

    Enough said.


    March 15, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. chris

    "She travels to Scranton in eastern Pennsylvania to take part in that city's St. Patrick's Day festivities later in the day."

    Well, she was late and held up the Scranton parade at least an hour and got a lot of people ANGRY! The Scranton parade is seen as one of the largest in the country.

    March 15, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. J.S

    Get red of the party splitting PELOSI SHE IS OUT TO DESTRY. DOWN WITH PELOSI

    March 15, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Frank Smith

    The Republicans will replay all thess mess for the Dems in the general election, and the Dems will not like it!!

    As an example, soon, I expect to see videoclips of

    "I never.. to that woman, Monica Lewinsky.."
    Interviews with Paula with a question such as:

    If Hillary cannot control Bill, how can we expect her to control the men in her potential cabinet? Folks, stay tuned!!! This will only get uglier, if you cannot get back on track!

    March 15, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. mary tan

    i do agree what about Nancy Pelosi said, the superdelegate not the way to go

    March 15, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. ZMan

    If the Dems want J.MCAIN in the white house they should have a revote. You dont make the rules as you play the game. After crying foul about Al Gore winning the popular vote and loseing the election to Bush. If they go in the back room and come out with thier own candidate and not who we all voted for .. its over. 4 more years of bombs and bullets. Bank on it Hillary.. do whats right for your party.

    March 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Mary

    I'm very proud of my Senator from the great State Of New York and on to the White House !!!

    March 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Vig

    And Obama is a chameleon and has the personality of a damp rag.

    March 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Deborah

    OBAMA!!!!! 2008

    March 15, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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