SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - A final fundraiser for the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade was held on Sunday at Kitty Hoynes in Armory Square.
“One of the things people don't realize is that we have to pay for all of the bands and things that come. People think they just come and join the parade. No. It costs them money too. They come from all over the northeast and Canada. So we have to pay for their transportation- and it's expensive,” said St. Pat's Parade President Janet Higgins.
This year, the parade will be held a week earlier, on Saturday, March 9th, so nobody will have to choose between it and the last Big East tournament for Syracuse University.
“We have several committee members that go to the Big East every year so we did it a week early,” said Higgins.
Organizers see the change as turning a one-day celebration into more of a Saint Patrick's season.
“It's just a big part of Syracuse and we have such snowy and miserable winters usually. It's the right of passage into spring and I think that's why everyone wants to support it and they never want to see it go away,” said Higgins.
The parade will also welcome some new additions this year.
“We have a couple of different bands that we've never had before and we have a group called Cirque of Actions and they're on the same line as Cirque du Soleil, acrobatic tricks, and they're going to be joining the parade this year and I'm so excited,” said Higgins.
More events are scheduled leading up to the parade:
Sunday, February 24th: Green Beer Day at Coleman’s
Saturday, March 2nd: Shamrock Run at Burnet Park
Sunday, March 3rd: St. Baldrick’s Day at Kitty Hoynes
Friday, March 8th: Painting of the parade route stripe
The parade starts at noon on March 9th. You can watch it on NewsChannel 9. It will re-air that night at 8 p.m.