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March 17, 2023

U2 Marching in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1982

U2 captured walking down streets of New York City, crashing the legendary St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 1982. The band were playing The Ritz that evening as part of the 4th leg of the October tour.

In March 1982, U2 was asked to be in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. The band agreed. But when they discovered that the parade was being dedicated to an important IRA leader, they decided not to participate. As citizens of Ireland, U2 was always asked to take a stand on the Troubles. For Bono and the rest of the band, their stand was that they thought the fighting should end. They didn’t want to support hurting people in any way.

When he got back to Ireland, Bono couldn’t stop thinking about all the violence going on in the world. The band decided to call their new album War. The song “New Year’s Day” was about political protests in Poland. “Seconds” was about the threat of nuclear weapons. The album’s most famous song was called “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The message of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” was not for or against the IRA. It was simply a call to end all the fighting.


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