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St. Patrick's Day Parade Festivities to Kick Off

It all starts with the Painting of Green Stripe on Salina Street

The 28th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade weekend will kick off with the painting of a green stripe on South Salina Street. The ceremonial painting of the stripe will be held on Friday, Mar. 12 at 9:30 a.m., beginning at the corner of South Salina and Water streets.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner will be joined by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, master of ceremonies Patrick J. Hogan, parade grand marshal Coach Dick MacPherson, Gael of the Year Mary Beth Roach and parade chair Janet Higgins to paint the stripe in anticipation of Saturday's parade. The Mayor and County Executive will present a proclamation for Irish-American Heritage Day to Higgins. Dan Walsh from the Syracuse Kiltie Pipe Band will provide musical accompaniment.

After the presentation of the proclamation and the painting of the stripe, there will be dance performances and refreshments inside the Atrium at City Hall Commons. Father Tom Fenlon from St. Patrick's Church will deliver the invocation. Higgins, Coach MacPherson and Roach will give remarks. The Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance, the McDonald Ashford Academy of Irish Dance and the Johnston School of Irish Dance are scheduled to perform.

Street Closure Announcements for Friday and Saturday

for Painting of the Stripe Ceremony and St. Patrick's Day Parade

South Salina Street, between Washington Street and Erie Boulevard West, will be closed from about 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 12, for the ceremonial painting of the green stripe for the St. Patrick's Parade the following day.

The painting of the stripe ceremony will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday beginning at the corner of South Salina and Water streets.

The following streets will be closed for the St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, Mar. 13 at the following times.

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