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500,000 pack Dublin for St. Patrick's Day parade


DUBLIN (AP) -- About half a million people have packed central Dublin for a St. Patrick's Day parade that points out Ireland's current gloomy mood -- and seeks to sweep it away for a day.

The procession is the largest of 120 across Ireland, a nation reeling from a three-year recession and a debt crisis that has led to an international bailout.

Thursday's parade for the first time is built around a children's short story by author Roddy Doyle especially written for the event.

His story "Brilliant" tells the tale of how children banish the Black Dog of Depression from Dublin and reclaim the city's lost funny bone.

Doyle calls it an allegory for Ireland's current challenges and says he wrote it under the shadow of Ireland's November bailout.

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