The color green filled downtown Syracuse for the St. Patrick's Parade. Saturday, was the actual feast day for St. Patrick so that made it even more special. That combined with good weather brought out thousands of people. Our Iris St. Meran talked to some first time and repeat spectators about having great weather for a fun event.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's been a tradition for the past 30 years. And for that time it has brought the community together giving revelers a sense of belonging whether it's their first time, “I am excited. I am excited to see different Irish Culture," said Baldwinsville resident Brandy Deambra.
Or so many times they have lost track.
"Well, being a wee bit Irish, and getting to see all the bands and all the people and the things that go along with St. Patty's is always a good time to come out and celebrate your heritage and also mix with friends and relatives and have a good time," said Cleveland resident Jim Ransom.
That good time began with a special honor for our Veterans. The 10th mountain Division led the parade, the first time since before 9/11. Then, all the sights and sounds of the parade that people have grown to love filled the parade route.
There is much to celebrate at the St. Patrick's Parade, The Irish Culture. Music and Dancing, but some are elated about the weather.
Margaret Derbyshire said, "It's nice not to have five layers on and it's nice to be able to have the sun shining in Syracuse."
"I think I'm going, I think I'm going to have a sunburn," said seven year old Ian Rudy.
Which is a big difference from previous years.
Ransom said, "We brought shovels to clean the snow away from ourselves so we can put the chairs up and things like that. But there's been some times it was really bad, the weather, but today was perfect."
Perfect weather to continue a longtime tradition in the city of pride and community.