PHOENIX -- It's the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Phoenix, and this year's theme is honoring our heroes.
“All the people that go to make our society a great, safe society -- our police officers, our firefighters, our military, our medical folks," organizer Harry Sexton said. "We've reached out to all of those to remember the people that are kind of always working for us but you don't necessarily think about all the time, but you can't imagine what our society would be like without those folks."
“It just makes my chest puff up, yeah, a lot of pride,” said Sean Connell, who was at the parade with the Phoenix Police Department. He was proud to help recognize Det. John Hobbs, who was recently killed in the line of duty.
“The Law Enforcement Emerald Society is gathered over here and most everybody will be sporting shirts like the one I'm wearing," Connell said. "It is to honor John Hobbs and those others who have fallen in the line of duty."
Thousands of people lined the streets Saturday morning. Many of them were wearing St. Patty's green while cheering and waving at all the dancers, musicians and first responders. Even the kids knew what the parade was all about.
“It's just great how so many people are remembering him through this parade,” said Aidan, a boy who was watching the parade.