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      St. Patrick's Parade festivities kick off with painting of green stripe

      The painting of the green stripe Friday morning

      The traditional start of St. Patrick's Day weekend in Syracuse kicked off with the painting of the green stripe on the parade route Friday morning.

      Parade officials and local leaders gathered on South Salina Street for the painting of the street near Clinton Square. Department of Public Works crews used blow torches to make sure the road wasn't too wet for the paint to stick.

      Terry McHugh of the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade says the painting of the green stripe is always a great way to start off the celebration. "This is the official kickoff. There's only 12 months leading up to this so we have to get it all done signified by this painting," he says.

      A pre-parade mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the parade kicks off at noon.