Tipp Hill the center of St. Patrick's Day in Syracuse
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:12:14 GMT —
Cindy Bane says the rare sunny day couldn't have come at a better time.
"It's simply the best. It's wonderful," she says.
Many of those celebrating St. Patrick's Day got here early. Chris Cleary arrived at 5:00 a.m. to make sure he had his seat at the bar.
"You got to get your place. You got to get here early to get your spot, or else you will be who knows where. You have to be close to the bathroom," he says.
Outside the bar, Jack Davis was busy painting a shamrock on Tompkins Street - something he's been doing for more than 30 years.
"The best thing about it is you get to see your friends again. You see them once or twice a year and that is the best thing," said Davis.
Coleman's has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for about as long as anyone can remember. Rick Carlesco has the buttons to prove it.
"I've been collecting them every year. I've never missed a St. Patrick's Day. I've never worked a St. Patrick's Day," he says.
No one seemed to be working, certainly not Peter Coleman, who first raised the Irish flag over Coleman's Pub almost sixty years ago. For him, everyday as seemed like a holiday.
"Can you imagine getting paid to do this? We've got some great customers, old and young, so I've been blessed."
Original story from Thursday morning:
It's St. Patrick's Day today. This morning Syracuse will mark the day with a brief ceremony on Tipperary Hill. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will honor Tipperary Hill Neighborhood Association Secretary Peg Brereton. The event takes place at the Tipperary Hill Memorial Park at Milton Avenue and Tompkins Street--the intersection with Syracuse's green over red traffic light.
The park is also home to the Stone Thrower's Monument, which honors the memory of Tipp Hill youths who threw stones at the normal red over green traffic light. The event starts at 10am.
Syracuse held its St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. Today, New York City's 250th St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off on Fifth Avenue with best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark as Grand Marshal. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and marches up past St. Patrick's Cathedral. Throngs of green-wearing marchers and spectators can expect sunshine with temperatures in the low 60s.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral prior to marching in Thursday's parade.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg got a less than warm welcome at a St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens. Some parade-goers were angry about the mayor's joke last month that he usually saw "people that are totally inebriated" at the American Irish Historical Society in Manhattan. Bloomberg apologized shortly after making the comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.