Thousands Enjoy Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 27, 2018

Utica, NY – Neither wind…nor brisk wind nor chilly wind nor “Enough already with the wind!” could stop Uticans from enjoying another magnificent St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 17th.

Marchers, musicians, dancers and vehicles of all sizes were out in force as Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, led by Grand Marshal Judy Weeks, wended its way down Genesee Street, to the delight of thousands of Irish and Irish-at-heart onlookers. The parade — New York State’s third largest — featured over 100 units, all marching to the delight of kids of all ages.

The event capped off a full week of Irish-themed and parade-related activities, including the Grand Marshal’s Reception on March 13th, the raising of the Irish flag at City Hall on the 14th, and the ceremonial painting of the “green line” down Genesee St. and a mass celebrating Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, both taking place on the 16th.

The parade got off to a running start – literally – as nearly 200 people braved the elements to take part in the inaugural running of the “St. Patrick’s Day Mad Mile” road race, spurred on by parade-goers already stationed along the route.

The spirit of giving also reigned, as 1242 food items and $550 in cash were collected as part of the parade’s annual food drive to support Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.

First-year Parade Chair David Wood thanked all the volunteers who came out to help things run so smoothly.

Finally, as always, the job of selecting the winning units was difficult, but the parade judges announced the following winners:

 Bag Pipes

  1. Emerald City Scottish Pipe Band
  2. Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band

Marching Units

  1. Johnston’s School of Irish Dance
  2. Dogs of Ireland
  3. Utica Elks Lodge #33

Fire Departments

  1. Poland Fire Dept
  2. Maynard Fire Department
  3. Central Oneida County Ambulance Corps

 Floats

  1. Utica Municipal Housing Authority
  2. Tiny’s Grill
  3. The Utica Curling Club

Other

  1. Wilcor International
  2. Sullivan Construction
  3. Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm

Photo by Alex Cooper, Utica Observer Dispatch

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