Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester is getting ready for thousands of people to head downtown Saturday morning for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and other activities.
The crowds will affect traffic in the area.
City officials say groups will begin staging for the St. Patrick's Day Parade at 11 a.m. along East Avenue and side streets between Alexander and Goodman Streets. Traffic along this portion of East Avenue will be affected at this time.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Avenue and Alexander Street. The parade will proceed westbound on East Avenue to Main Street, then westbound on Main Street to South Plymouth Avenue. The parade will turn south on South Plymouth Avenue and proceed to Broad Street between Exchange Street and wrap up at Plymouth Avenue.
In addition, the 5K road race-Johnny's Runnin' of the Green- will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday on Court Street between South Avenue and Exchange Street.
The racers will proceed southbound on Exchange Street, turn eastbound on Ford Street, then southbound on Wilson Boulevard to Fraternity Road. At that point the runners will turn around and reverse their route back to the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.