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      Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade kicks off 2014 with new plans

      Parade supporters lined Kitty Hoynes for this morning's announcements about the upcoming March parade.

      The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade announced this year's Grand Marshals, the upcoming theme of the parade, and some new changes that could make your donations to the cause a little bit easier.

      The parade officially received its non-profit status from the IRS, making all donations to the parade of the Hunger Project tax deductible. This year, the parade will once again partner with the Food Bank of Central New York and the Interreligious Food Consortium. The parade also announced partnerships with 20 new businesses that will collect non-perishable food items, and a continued partnership with the Shamrock Run that's held the week before the parade.

      This year's parade will celebrate the 32 year tradition with a salute to the 32 counties of Ireland. Leading the parade will be lead by Gael of the Year Pen & Trophy, a family-owned company run by Dan Monti and Dan Monti, Jr. Pen & Trophy has been a supporter of the parade "since day one," according to parade officials.

      The parade has been a longtime supporter of Project Children, a program that brings boys and girls from war-torn Ireland to Syracuse, hoping for a change in religious and social conflict. With the program ending this summer, all host parents that participated in the project have been honored as Grand Marshals. NewsChannel 9 will also serve as a Grand Marshal.

      Registration for the parade and other events is now underway. This year's parade will take place on March 15th.