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Utica's St. Patrick's Day parade will go on as planned

The spread of the coronavirus is causing some communities to cancel their St. Patrick's Day parades.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 10:46 PM

UTICA, NY – The spread of the coronavirus is leading many communities to cancel their St. Patrick’s Day parades.

David Wood, co-director of the Utica St. Patrick’s Day parade says that isn’t the case here in Utica.

“We’ve kept our eye on it. We’ve talked about it amongst all the different volunteers who put this on. At this point, we haven’t been too concerned.”

Of course to have a successful parade you’re going to need a little help.

Parade volunteers met Monday at the Irish Cultural Center to make sure everything is in order and that parade participants know where they need to line up.

Fellow parade co-director, Patrick McGrath, says parade volunteers show up bright and early on parade day.

“They show up before most people are awake. They’ll be dressed in their high-visibility vests with the shamrocks on them. Then we’ll take to the parade route on Genesee Street and set up starting at 8 o’clock."

WKTV will carry live coverage of this year’s parade starting at 10 am on Saturday, with a rebroadcast Sunday at 11 am on the CW11.

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