Big cleanup ahead for St. Patrick's Day parade

Updated: 03/13/2014 11:28 PM
Created: 03/13/2014 6:48 PM WHEC.com

With all the snow from Wednesday's storm piled onto the sidewalks, what is the plan for the St. Patrick’s Day parade? 

The parade will take place Saturday down Main Street and East Avenue. Parade goers usually stand on the sidewalks to watch all of the floats go by. So where are they supposed to stand?

There's a lot of snow piled up on Main Street thanks to Wednesday's blizzard, which dropped nearly a foot and a half of snow on Rochester. The process to get rid of all that snow begins, which is why both Main Street and East Avenue will be filled with trucks and heavy equipment ready to haul it out of here so that the streets and sidewalks will be clear in time for Saturday's big Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. 

East Avenue and Main Street serve as routes for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which draws thousands of marchers and parade goers alike. There's also the Runnin’ of the Green on Culver Road too. In spite of those temperatures in the teens, the higher angle of March sunshine that was out in full force Thursday helped softened the snow piles. It's great news for those workers who will be removing snow on East Avenue and Main Streets both with heavy equipment and the old fashioned way with shovels. Despite all the snow that fell, despite the fact that the cleanup is big, county and city officials expect that everything will be ready to go come parade day Saturday.

Karen St. Aubin, Dept. of Environmental Services, said, “It's a big job with this amount of snow two days before the parade, so we'll be loading and hauling well be at that overnight where we bring in loaders we bring in heavy equipment take the snow away, and get it right out of Main Street. We're planning on being on target for the parade."

For more information on the St. Patrick's Day Parade, click here.

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