WXXI Local Stories
Fri March 14, 2014
St. Patricks Day "Painting of the Green"
The St. Patrick's Day celebration kicked off on Friday by painting a green stripe along the parade path.
Parade organizers, Irish dancers and honorees marched along side city crews as they spray the green line down Main Street. All of this after a winter blizzard blew through the region dumping 16 inches of snow.
"I think cabin fever might be at an all-time high this year," says St. Patrick's Day committee member Tom O'Connell. He says he remembers when a massive storm hit the area the day before the parade and everything turned out okay. "I don't care what the weather's going to be like. There's going to be a big crowd out here, I guarantee it."
The city has been working around-the-clock clearing the streets and sidewalks in preparation of celebrating Irish history.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. That's from East Avenue and Alexander Street ending at Main Street and South Plymouth Avenue.
You can get more information about the parade here.