Crowds brave cloudy day for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Created: 03/15/2014 7:00 PM WHEC.com

It wasn't the nicest day, but thousands of people dug deep into their closets, found something green, and lined the sidewalks along East Avenue and Main Street for what is one of the biggest Saint Patrick's Day parades in the country.

A couple of days ago we wondered if it would happen. Just last night there was a two foot wall of snow on the sidewalks. The city crews that cleared the snow out and made it a little easier for people to watch the parade.

Here's what the parade looked like today: cold, damp, a little windy, but at least the streets and sidewalks were clear for people in the parade and those watching it. Two years ago, it was sunny and 80 degrees and record quarter of a million people were downtown for the parade. Obviously there are fewer people this year.

We asked people down here today what impact the March fury storm and today's weather had on them. Derek and Dana Duggan say that bad weather never stops them, they go when there are snow storms and rain.

Emily Kelly told us she couldn't believe the area just had a snow storm where the kids were out of school for two days - and now it's beautiful out. Kathy George makes sure to attend the parade every year, regardless of the weather. She says she even brought her son to last year's parade in his baby carrier.

City crews worked late into the night removing snow from the streets and sidewalks in the East End and on Main Street. When we spoke to a crew supervisor, he said they would probably work until around 4 a.m.

So far today, police say there have been no major problems or arrests, just a few arguments from people who may have had too much to drink.

We're waiting to see if things will stay calm after dark.

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