Parade Day 2014: Celebrating Irish culture and sound (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

March 1, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The first day in March is more than just the start of meteorological spring; it's one of the most festive days in downtown Binghamton -- St. Patrick's Parade Day.

The 47th annual St. Patrick's Parade Day drew thousands from all over the Southern Tier to downtown.

The parade started at NYSEG Stadium and went to the intersection of Main Street and Arthur Street.

Pipe bands and steel drums filled the ears of thousands of people, who were celebrating Irish culture.

"We are very Irish, it's in our roots. So we come and we celebrate for our Irish heritage every year," said Janet Scott of Port Dickinson.

With dozens of floats, groups, and bands in the parade, everyone has their favorite part.

"Local businesses that get involved, all of the fire departments that come down, the military that's involved, I like that a lot," said Ben Bronson of Apalachin.

It's an event that brings everyone together and a tradition that keeps on growing.

"I definitely think it's getting bigger and bigger every year. I always get more excited to see how many people actually come every year. So it's pretty cool," Scott said.

Even our Action News crew took in some of the fun. Some of the WBNG reporters, producers and videographers marched in the parade. It was hosted by our own Dave Greber and Travis Eldridge.

The party didn't stop at the end of the parade.

Hundreds of families and friends filled Seton Catholic Central High School for their annual Parade Day After Party.

Live music, food, beer and dancing kept the party alive for everyone.

"If you like the music, you can enjoy it. You don't have to be Irish to come. It's just a fun day and everybody gets along and it's just a nice day to just enjoy the music and have a good time," said St. Patrick's Parade Day Committee Vice President, Brian Murphy.

All of the pipe bands and Irish step dancers that marched in the parade performed at the party.

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