The St. Paddy's Day Parade Kicks Off in Syracuse

South Salina Street


his Saint Patrick's Day Parade on South Salina Street came with everything you could imagine, fire trucks, marching bands and all the kids decked out in green.

Bill Steinbrecher saw the parade with his family. "Everybody and their families get together and watch the parade, it's fun to watch you know rather than stay at home and watch it on TV, we'd rather be here and watch it live, it's nice," says Steinbrecher.

Regan Grubka was watching the parade in Syracuse with her family as well.. "T

here's something for all ages, the kids can watch the dancer, the little kids can watch the fire trucks. Parents can enjoy a drink and see the social activities of other friends, so it's something for everybody

," says Grubka.

A little rain didn't keep anyone away as thousands of neighbors crowded onto South Salina Street to watch this parade.

David Kelly was born in Ireland. "

I never thought that I would see a parade this big here in Syracuse, with the size of it, because there are so many people around. I'm not sure where they all came from on a day like this more especially, they are here

," says Kelly.

This parade has been marching through Syracuse for 32 years and there's 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland, inspiring this year's theme to remember Irish traditions brought to Syracuse.

Brett Cartino was standing along South Salina St. to get the best view he could of the parade. "I

t's the history that's behind what Irish is. And the story behind it is what makes the parade so exciting.


hether they're Italian, Polish or Czechoslovakian, this parade is a time for everyone to be Irish.

Katie Hicks was marching in this parade with her band.. "I think it's the spirit and I think it's the history, the Irish affiliation that Syracuse has up at Tipp Hill and who doesn't love a parade?