Final preparations underway for annual Horseheads St. Patrick's Day Parade
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The annual Horseheads St. Patrick's Day Parade will be making its way through the historic Hanover Square this weekend.
Starting at 2 p.m., more than 80 businesses, community organizations, bands and more will march their way throughout the Village of Horseheads.
"We've got a great group of core people who help us out," said Kevin Sullivan, one of the parade's coordinators. "Friends of the St. Patrick's Parade and Horseheads Fire Department have been canvassing their way through the area."
Led by Kerry Kellogg, one of the groups participating in the parade is the Ring of Chiarraighe Dancers, who have been a part of the annual tradition for many years.
Celebrations will continue after the parade with the Horseheads Fire Department's Traditional Corned Beef or Ham and Cabbage Dinner. The fundraising event starts at 3 p.m., and has been a staple in the village for almost half a century.
"We've been doing the parade for over 25 years, but the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner [has been done for] probably close to 40 years," said Horseheads Fire Chief Art Sullivan. "People really look forward to it and we have a lot of fun. So, it's a great time."
Both Sullivans agree that the two back-to-back events are a great way for the community to come together and kick off the spring season.
"There's been a lot more excitement than in previous years," said Kevin. "We're looking forward to seeing a lot of happy faces."
The Horseheads St. Patrick's Day Parade will kick off on Broad Street at The Depot starting at 2 p.m., and it will finish at the Horseheads Fire Department. Streets will be blocked off starting at 11:30 a.m.
WENY-TV is the official media sponsor for the Horseheads St. Patrick's Day Parade.