Old forge celebrated St. Patrick's Day a little early with their annual parade Friday night.
It was a typical winter day up north but the cold and snow didn't stop people from lining down main street.
"You know, it's not just a St. Patrick's Day parade and despite what you're seeing around you, it's kind of the end of winter and the start of spring," said assemblyman Marc Butler. "That may not be the case today but boy the people still turned out. There a hardy, hardy bunch of people up here in Old Forge."
"It is the most fun day of the entire world," said Colleen Murphy. "If you're Irish like I am, it's super amazing. If you're not Irish, you get to be Irish for the day. And we are one of the only places in the country that has this much snow right now so there's a lot of people here and we're gonna have a lot of fun tonight."
Assemblyman Butler served as this year's grand marshall. He has been in every parade except one, and this is a fitting honor for Butler who has served in office since 1995 and will be retiring this year.
"As I walked along, a lot of people talked to me and said thank you for your years of service," said Butler. "That's kinda heartwarming to know that people really appreciated the effort you put into it. That made it real special for me today."
The parade had everything: gnomes, Irish wolfhounds and even a leprechaun.
"I come up to Old Forge. This is my first St. Patrick's Day festivity and I'll tell you what I'm coming back."
Utica will hold it's parade Saturday at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on WKTV-NBC.
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