A year has passed since thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Binghamton for a big parade - just days before the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown was imposed.

While some coronavirus cases had been reported in the United States, nobody in the crowd along Court and Main streets could have anticipated what was about to happen.

Many people in the Southern Tier look back on that special parade day as the last time things really were "normal."

Spectators lined Court Street at the parade on March 7, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

This year's parade would have been held Saturday but the traditional celebration has been scrapped.

A city public works crew painted the green stripe along what would have been the parade route. It serves as a reminder of the good times enjoyed during previous parades and as a sign of hope for future events with large carefree crowds.

The Green Line on Court Street on March 5, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

EXCLUSIVE BONUS FOR WNBF LISTENERS: Roger Neel at the parade.

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