SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- School is just a few weeks away and thanks to an annual tradition in Syracuse, thousands of students will have the supplies they need.
Mary Nelson's Youth Day Barbecue and parade kicked off Saturday morning near South Salina and East Colvin Streets in Syracuse.
Each year, organizers give away clothing, backpacks and other school supplies to students from pre-school through college. The barbecue started twelve years ago as a way to curb violence and encourage children to stay in school.
"Keeping our kids in school, keeping them focused. It means a lot when I see kids coming out here getting prepared for school. We can't save them all, but the ones we can save, they're here today," said Nelson.
Organizers estimate more than 24,000 people showed up to the event.