The Irish community here in Syracuse is aggressively amazing. They make sure to celebrate not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 4 weekends out of the year for St. Patrick’s Day…and as a proud Irish Woman I tend to agree with them, there’s always a reason to celebrate.
There’s a large Irish population throughout CNY. Thanks to the Erie Canal, the Irish were laborers during the building of the Canal through Syracuse and believed it was the perfect place to settle & establish their homes & lives. They annexed themselves in what is now known as Tipperary Hill. You are able to recognize the Irish heritage mainly due in part to the Green-on-top stop light. (Which is now famous, thanks to Who Wants to be a Millionaire.)
The 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is huge here in Syracuse. It highlights all of the things that this city is so proud of; culture, community, camaraderie to name a few. The parade starts at noon on S. Salina St. and runs downtown through Armory Square. (check out the route here.)
Personally, I love this parade. It gets everyone outside, rain or shine, to celebrate the coming together of a community. Syracuse does this best…the people here are so good at getting together to celebrate, whether it be for a holiday or an event…if there’s a reason to celebrate we’ll be there.
Tip: Get there early, parking is very limited downtown…there’s bound to be A LOT of people headed out to this event.