Final preps underway for St. Patrick's Day Parade

Updated: 03/14/2014 8:31 PM
Created: 03/14/2014 4:50 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Thousands of people are expected to pack downtown Rochester Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street. The parade route goes down East Avenue onto Main Street, ending at Plymouth Avenue. 

With the blizzard we just had, there’s still a lot of work to do to get the streets and sidewalks ready. On average, 40,000 to 60,000 people come out each year regardless of the weather and this year will be no exception.

In the last 24 hours, dozens of private and public contractors have been using heavy equipment to remove all the snow piles from the city streets that serve as the parade route. Main Street is now clear of all those snow piles. Crews have also been filling the potholes, which is great news for the marchers, dancers, and bagpipe players. Now that the snow piles are just about gone, the fences are going up too. Now all Rochester needs is a little luck of the Irish and the parade can begin.

John Patrick Sullivan, parade leader, said, “If I don’t come down, you don’t have a parade. See I’m the only one who knows the route so they all follow me.”

Kate McBride, parade committee member, said, “We think it’s going to be great. The city and the county have been working so hard to clear the sidewalks and the streets so they’ll be plenty of room for spectators. They are getting all the streets cleared off and the staging area as well. So the sun is out and we’re ready for a great day.”

Just two years ago, more than 150,000 people showed up for the parade on a sunny 72 degree day. Although it won't be that warm, it will be decent for mid-March. No matter what the weather though, the parade route is ready for Saturday's fun.

For more information on the parade, click here.

To find portable restroom locations along the parade route, click here.

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