Thousands of people celebrate Irish culture with music, dancing, drinking and the color green during the Saint Patrick's Parade in Syracuse. Our Sarah Blazonis has the story.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Some people watched the parade for the traditional sights and sounds, while others embraced beads, candy, and fun costumes. Regardless, thousands of people attended the 32nd annual Syracuse Saint Patrick's Day parade.
"The weather was a little bit cold, but Nancy Duffy turned off the rain switch, and the people enjoyed that," said John Muldoon, the parade director.
The theme for this year was 32 Parades for 32 Counties. The more than 100 groups marching celebrated the heritage of Central New York.
"I'm originally Irish, I married a German, but I think it's important to give the boys a little sense of history and just the city of Syracuse itself is founded on the Irish," said Stephanie Mueller, a North Syracuse resident.
Organizers say the event is a celebration of culture and community.
Muldoon said, "We're really bringing all the cultures together in Syracuse. This brings everybody out, brings us in as a unified front."
The parade also serves as the unofficial celebration of the end of winter, and the beginning of spring.