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Syracuse hosts 30th annual St. Pat’s parade Saturday

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— The 30th annual Guinness Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon Saturday, March 17, on South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse. This year’s theme is: “Irish roots in Ireland, Irish spirits in Syracuse.”

The 2012 grand marshals are Judge Charles Major and Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Ed Ryan.

Newswoman Nancy Duffy founded the parade in 1982.

“Since the parade’s inception, we have been able to help support Project Children, founded by another outstanding woman, Kathleen Kelly,” noted parade president Janet Higgins. “In 2005, we began the St. Patrick Hunger Project to help feed those in need in Central New York. Due to the success of the St. Patrick Hunger Project, the food pantries in our area have been well supplied with food.” For info, visit syracusestpatricksparade.org.

Ice Hockey: Crunch play two

It has been another depressing season, the fourth in a row in which the Syracuse Crunch have failed to make the playoffs, but the team forges ahead with its 2011-12 American Hockey League season with two home games this weekend at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Coach Trent Yawney’s Syracuse skaters face off against Thruway rivals the Rochester Americans at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. They’ll do it again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, against the Adirondack Phantoms.

The Crunch is affiliated with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, while Rochester is the top farm club of the Buffalo Sabres and the Phantoms are affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers. The War Memorial is downtown at State and Harrison streets. Ticket prices for home games range from $14 to $21; 473-4444.

Linebacker tackles cancer

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champion, and cancer survivor, Mark Herzlich Jr. will be a special guest at the New Era Cap Crunch vs. Cancer Game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, vs. Adirondack.

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