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St. Patrick's parade facing financial difficulties

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It's a scenario we've seen over and over again. Local events and attractions struggling to stay afloat. This time, it's the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade. Organizers are having some financial trouble. As our Iris St. Meran explains, the show will go on, but it might be on a smaller scale.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Each year, a sea of green floods Syracuse's South Salina Street for the annual St. Patrick's Parade. But this year, it's a lack of a different kind of green that worries the group organizing the parade.

Parade president Janet Higgins said, "We send out letters of solicitation to the wonderful, generous donors that have always donated to the parade and usually they respond very quickly and very generously. Unfortunately, in these economic times, not that they haven't responded but they can't respond in the way that they have in years past and our donations are down."

And so are the grants. Ones they received from the state have been cut. The parade costs about $30,000, which covers liability insurance, paying for talent and basic needs. And at this point they have about one-third of that, but Higgins says regardless the parade will go on. A number of Tipp Hill businesses are working together to fundraise.

"I know it's a big day here at Coleman's. We said when we found out about this financial stuff, well, let us all get involved, see if we can bring it back," said Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub owner Peter Coleman.

And if you're an organization or corporation, just being in the parade can help the bottom line. To walk the route for corporations the cost is $100 and $10 for non-profits.

"That certainly helps defray the costs," Higgins said, "Yes, it does, because we do have to buy supplies. We need stationary and paper and as I said postage and things like that."

And we're still a month away so there's still plenty of time to get involved and help continue a nearly three decade old tradition.

The 'Support the St. Patrick's Day Parade' event hosted by Tipp Hill businesses will be this Friday. It starts at 7 p.m. at the St. Patrick's School on Schuyler Street. This is a 21 and over event.

To donate or for more information, visit www.syracusestpatricksparade.org for more information on participating and to donate.

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