The piles of snow are still pretty deep, but Parade Day has rolled around once again.
The 48th annual event — this year with a theme of “Irish Music & Dance” — will march through downtown Binghamton on Saturday.
After a Mass at St Mary’s of the Assumption Church to honor the Hibernians, the parade will begin there at 1:30 p.m. and head west down Court and Main streets to Arthur Street, with the reviewing stand at American Legion Post 80.
This year’s grand marshal is Bill Newland, the Maid of Erin is Tess Hatton and the official starter is Matt Lewis.
Pipe bands will include Edward P Maloney Memorial, Broome County Celtic Pipers, Penn York Highlanders, Philadelphia Police and Firefighters, the New York City Emerald Society, The Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums, and Mummers Avalon String Band. The Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band and the Afton High School band also will perform.
A truck from the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse will collect food along the parade route about 1:15 p.m.
A Hibernian parade party will be held at Seton Catholic High School (70 Seminary Ave.) from 1 to 6 p.m. Local band Old Friends will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and some of the pipe bands — including the Mummers Avalon String Band — will be play there as well. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 (children 12 and under free). Parking is available at Recreation Park, and a shuttle bus will run from Recreation Park to Seton.
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