UPDATED January 21, 2013

St. Patrick's Parade Downsized

By Perry Russom
By Candace Chapman

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM EDT

(Updated January 21, 2013 to clarify the number of divisions in the parade. Also, restrictions on the larger vehicles for floats).

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - It's the most popular parade in the area.

The street is paved with green paint, large floats stroll down Court Street and green clothes spread as far as the eye can see.

This year, however, St. Patrick's Parade Day viewers -- and participants -- can expect a quicker parade.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, who organize the annual event, has decided to downsize the parade.

The city said on Friday that last year's parade was running too long because people were participating in the parade who weren't properly registered.

AOH parade organizer Tom Kelly said on Monday there will still be four divisions in the parade. However, divisions 2, 3 and 4 will have fewer groups in the line up.

The divisions are the collection of different organizations sent along the route in waves.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and city officials said the parade will run along the same route on Court Street.

Kelly said due to the new round-a-bout, groups are being told they can not bring floats on flatbed tractor trailers and larger fire departments are advised not to bring their bigger trucks.

The parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. on March 2.

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