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Painting of the Stripe' set for Friday morning at 9:30

The annual "Painting of the Stripe" ceremony, one of the best-known preparations for the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday March 11 at the corner of South Salina and Water streets.

Grand Marshal Syracuse Police Department Capt. Richie Walsh and St. Patrick's Parade Chair Janet Higgins will paint the stripe while Common Councilor Patrick J. Hogan (2nd District) will serve as master of ceremonies.

South Salina Street, between Washington Street and Erie Boulevard West, will be closed from about 9 to 10:15 a.m. for the ceremony.

Refreshments and performances by the Rince Na Sonas School of Irish Dance, the Butler-Sheehan School of Irish Dance, the McDonald- Ashford Academy of Irish Dance and the Johnston School of Irish Dance will be available following the stripe-painting in the Atrium at City Hall Commons.

Mayor Stephanie Miner and County Executive Joanie Mahoney will also present a proclamation for Irish-American Heritage Day to Higgins.

The following day, Saturday March 12, the 29th Annual Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade will kick off at noon in Clinton Square and follow the green route down South Salina Street.

For more information about the parade, visit syracusestpatricksparade.org .

Several streets will be temporarily closed during the parade. Here is the schedule for road closings; all times are approximate:

Closing at 10:30 a.m.:Erie Blvd. West, between Clinton and Van Rensselaer Streets

Tracy Street, between Van Rensselaer and Plum streets

Leavenworth Street, between Wilkinson Street and Erie Boulevard West

Plum Street, between Park Avenue and Erie Boulevard West

Wilkinson Street, between Barker and Plum streets

Barker Street, between Wilkinson and Tracy streets

West Street off-ramps at Erie Boulevard West

West Water Street, between Franklin and Clinton streets

North and South Franklin Streets, between Washington and Genesee streets

South Clinton Street, between Genesee to Washington streets, and from Jefferson to Onondaga streets

Closing at 11 a.m.:South Salina Street, between Fayette and Willow Streets

West Washington Street, between Clinton and Salina streets

James Street, between Salina and Warren streets

Erie Boulevard East, between Warren and Salina streets

East Washington Street, between Warren and Salina streets

Closing at 11:30 a.m.:East and West Fayette Street, between Warren and Clinton streets

East and West Jefferson Street, between Warren and Clinton streets

Harrison Street, between Warren and Salina streets

West Onondaga Street, between Salina and West Adams streets

South Salina Street, between Fayette and Adams streets

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