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Crews clear snow for St. Patrick's parade

Rochester, N.Y. -- A day after 16 inches of snow fell on Rochester, city crews are working to clear the snow from East Avenue and Main Street for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"We're looking forward to the forecast for Saturday, where it looks like it's going to be good," said Kate McBride, St. Patrick's Day Parade committee member. "We have 130 marching units, we have 17 bands this year, six Irish dancing schools, (and) the Irish Children's Program is the Grand Marshal this year."

By hand, crews dug out the sidewalks and streets so parade goers will have a place to stand Saturday.

"(We're) planning on going to the parade and then walk to a couple bars," said Zac Halter, who will be going to the parade for the first time Saturday. "I'm 50 percent Irish, so I need to start this St. Patrick's Day early."

Bars are also starting their day early.

"We are opening at 8 in the morning," said Charles Weckworth, general manager of MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room. "(It's the) busiest day for all of us for the whole year."

Down the street, Salinger's Bar and Grill is doubling the amount of people on its staff to get ready for the crowds on Saturday.

"It's very busy," said Lois Coriddi, who plans on being at Salinger's Saturday. "It's fun, a lot of music, it's great to watch the parade. Good people, a lot of people, it's a good time."

The parade is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It runs down East Avenue and Main Street from Alexander Street to Plymouth Avenue.

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