Irish Smile, and Weep
Bittersweet holiday march

By MICHAEL SAUL, WARREN WOODBERRY JR.
and PATRICE O'SHAUGHNESSY
Daily News Staff Writers

The marching bands, blaring bagpipes and robust revelry of yesterday's St. Patrick's Day parade came to a hushed standstill to honor the victims of terror, as thousands turned out in a show of the city's resilience and vitality.

The 241st parade honoring Ireland's patron saint drew one of the largest crowds ever as it made its way up Fifth Ave. on a mild, gray day laced with emotions. Hundreds of Irish-American firefighters, police officers and financial employees were lost in the attack on the World Trade Center.

"It's a little bit of a bittersweet celebration," Mayor Bloomberg said at a Gracie Mansion breakfast before the parade. "We lost so many people