The parade in its first couple of hours proceeded smoothly

What Happened on Fifth Avenue?

Questions are being asked by some with regard to what appears to have been a confused and early ending to the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue Thursday.

It appears that some marching units did not get to march and that others only managed to do so while mingling with traffic that had returned to a thoroughfare that is sealed off between 44th Street and 79th street for the duration of the parade - no matter how long it takes.

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The Echo is aware of at least one marching group that did not march, and possibly several others that either didn't get to march at all, or didn't get to finish.

One parade watcher said he was astonished to see traffic moving down Fifth Avenue at what he estimated was between 4 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.

"I had never seen this before," he said.

This was in the region of 60th Street which is well within the parade route street limit.