It's back! Binghamton’s 53rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on  Saturday, March 7, in downtown Binghamton.

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Binghamton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Mass at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church which is located at 192-194 Court Street in Binghamton. This special mass will honor the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians as well as the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians who have passed away. According to legend, if you hang rosary beads outside the church, the weather will be good for parade day.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off immediately following Mass with a 1:30 p.m. estimated start time. If you're participating in the parade, you'll need to make plans to line up at NYSEG Stadium starting at 12:30 p.m.

The parade will be led by the Belmar Parade Day Mile race down Court Street to Main Street from the Broome County Public Library to the Belmar Pub. Once the Binghamton St. Patrick's Day Parade begins, it will start at NYSEG Stadium and wind its way down Court Street, ending at Edwards Street on Binghamton's West Side.

Traci Taylor

If you'll be watching the parade with your kids, with someone elderly, or with someone who has trouble with mobility, you might want to plan on avoiding the intersections of Court and State Streets because that's where the largest crowds tend to gather. The past three years, Binghamton University has been on spring break the weekend of Parade Day, so the crowd has been a little bit less and it looks like this year will be the same as Binghamton University students will be on break from Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8.

[via Binghamton Ancient Order of Hibernians/Binghamton University/Parade Day Mile]