UTICA, N.Y. - As the parade rounded its final corner on Genesee Street. Many of the parade goers flocked to Varick Street for the after party.
"This is like my favorite time of the year to be honest with you. Central New York doesnt really have any big deals anymore. And its just one thing that people can do together and its not so aggressive and people arent fighting and being nasty, its just a good time," said Richard Blackshear.
The music could be heard from one end of the street to the other.The entire street was blocked off and packed with locals taking full going from bar to bar.
"Just the atmosphere, everyone is out here having a good time, drinking, eating, talking, dancing," said Carmann Benedetto.
Like the parade, the after party on Varick street has been a tradition that many locals follow. Erica Kisotwski says she's been coming here since she turned 21.
"So I'd say since we turned 21, we come out here every single year, and we just come out and celebrate st patricks day and verick street is perfect place to do it," said Kistowski.
What many peopled loved about the after party was the new people that you meet and the old friends you're reunited with.
The Blues Brothers of Central New York could also be seen wandering the street.
"We love St. Patrick's day, I recently found out that I'm part Irish.Here I thought I'm just being irish on St. Patty's day, I'm Irish every day now. So what better place to be in Utica than Verick Street."said the Brothers.
The bars were closed at 5:30 in the afternoon so that the street could be reopened.