St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rochester is on

Mar 10, 2017

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rochester is scheduled to step off in the city Saturday afternoon.

That's despite frigid temperatures and tens of thousands of people without power after this week's wind storm.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said Friday that the county will not be participating in the St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

She says county resources are 100% dedicated to the primary mission of storm response.

The president of the parade committee, Mark Dowdell, is quoted in the D&C as saying that the decision to have the parade “makes the most sense from all aspects of consideration,” although he says it was not a great decision to have to make.

Dowdell told the newspaper that "It was not something that we took lightly by any means…We’ve had our ear to the ground about any detail that might be a better reason than another to continue or to cancel. Certainly we have the utmost respect and empathy for the people going through this situation."

The parade steps off Saturday at East Ave. and Alexander St. at 12:30pm on Saturday.