WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The color green and the sound of bagpipes descended upon downtown D.C. on Sunday.

Hundreds of people — some dressed in kilts, all dressed in green — marched, danced and proceeded along Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street as part of D.C.’s 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The parade — which started at noon and lasted more than two hours — featured traditional pipe bands, Irish dancers, military, police and fire processions, marching bands and floats.

Retired Naval Admiral Mike Mullen served as grand marshal for the parade, which used the theme “Celebrating Service to the Stars and Stripes.” Olympic gold medalist and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky celebrated her 16th birthday Sunday as one of the parade’s division marshals.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in D.C. took place in 1971, when people marched along Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle to the statue of Robert Emmet. The parade moved to its Constitution Avenue route three years later.

D.C. police say they are increasing alcohol enforcement throughout the city for holiday.

The department says it will be aggressively enforcing the city’s laws against drunken and impaired driving. Officers will operate traffic checkpoints and other patrols.

Police say they are also conducting patrols for underage drinking at bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

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