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The theme for the 34th annual parade is “The Fabric of our Culture — The Fabric of Our Community.”

The theme is based on the fabrics — the tartans, woolens (both woven and knit), and lace — that have become a part of Irish tradition. The patterns are broadly symbolic of the culture yet often unique to a particular person or family. Just as the material itself became part of Irish life, the people who left Ireland to build lives in Central New York became an integral part of the community they joined.

Parade participants are invited to interpret the theme in their own way as they plan their floats.