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Parade Events and Honorees
This weekend’s Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade activities begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, with the traditional painting of the green stripe along the parade route. Later in the day, the Grand Marshal’s Gala begins at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
On Saturday, March 17th, Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Columbus Circle. The 36th annual parade, “Dublin Down in the Emerald City,” will step off at noon from Clinton Square.
This year’s parade lineup includes some 130 units, including 15 bands, 10 dance groups and several units featuring horses. The Parade will air live on NewsChannel9.
In keeping with the “double” spirit of this year’s parade, two co-Grand Marshals are being featured. Co-Grand Marshal Bill Gooley co-founded the Hunger Project in 2006. The Hunger Project, now an integral part of the annual Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade, collects monetary and food donations that are distributed by the Food Bank of CNY and the Intereligious Food Consortium. Co-Grand Marshal Ed Riley was instrumental in renovating and restoring the former Hotel Syracuse to become the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
Also presiding over the day’s festivities will be Emily Cook, this year’s Rose of Syracuse. The Rose of Syracuse is a a competition for young woman of Irish-American descent and the winner represents the city for the day. Cook is a senior at Le Moyne College who is dedicated to community service.
As always, the parade committee encourages donations to the St. Patrick’s Hunger Project. Volunteers will be available downtown to collect contributions, or donations can be made at www.syracuseparade.org/st-patrick-hunger-project/ .