Excitement fills the air at Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After an almost three year hiatus, the St. Patrick’s Day parade sprinkled green and gold in Rochester. Snow or shine, the parade sham-rocked through the city.

"We live in Rochester! We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Lucy Sacchetti said.

People lined up in a sea of green to watch the parade go by. While there may not have been as big of a crowd as previous years. Some say they’re just happy to be out with others feeling the "normalcy" factor again.

"There is not as many people as normal but it’s still a good time,” John Snell told us.

"We’ve been in lockdown forever, there’s been so many precautions and COVID regulations, online school, its back to normal, and it feels good,” Shari Miller said.

Others say, the sense of normalcy is great, but they enjoy the parade because it represents a symbol of their heritage.

"These are traditions that I’ve had with my family since I was a little boy, I want to carry it on with him and my other children it’s important to get out here and support our heritage, and we’re all about being Irish,” Jason Clohessy said.