Are you ready?  Binghamton’s 47th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be here this Saturday and I've dug around to find the details you've been asking for.

I'm so excited that I pulled out my outfit last night to get ready:

Binghamton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at St. Mary’s of Assumption Church at 1:30pm this Saturday March 2nd and will head down Court and Main Streets to Arthur Street.

So how is the parade going to work with the new roundabout? Sources say that groups in the parade won’t be able to use flatbed trucks for their floats and that large fire engines won’t be allowed.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians parade committee also says that the parade won’t be as long as in past year- lasting around an hour and a half rather than the usual two hours.

If you're looking for a spot to park your rear or your chair, here's a map of the parade day route:

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Road Closures:

According to a news release by the City of Binghamton, the following roads will be closed on parade day:

Fayette between Henry to Court and from Court to Hawley from 11:30am-4:30pm


Henry between Fayette to Chapman from 11:30am-4:30pm


Court between Fayette to Arthur from 12:30pm to 4:30pm


State Street between Hawley and Court from 8am-6pm


Parade Day Events:

If you’re looking for other local parade day events and open pubs, you’ll find some below.  If you know of a business having a special parade day event not listed, please feel free to shoot an email to me at so I can add it to the list!

A Hibernian Parade Party will take place from 1-6pm on Saturday March 2nd at Seton Catholic High School. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under free. Parking is available at Recreation Park, with a shuttle bus available from the park to Seton.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is hosting the Shamrock Fun Run, a one mile race along the parade route.  That kicks off at 1:20pm Saturday March 2nd.

A Parade Day Mass will take place at 11:30am Saturday March 2nd at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, which is located at 29 Fayette Street.

Gallagher’s Irish Pub- 92 Robinson Street is hosting a parade day celebration on March 2nd featuring 98.1 The Hawk’s very own Rich Birdsall.

The Endicott Firefighters Emerald Association is hosting their 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Party at Terra Cotta in Binghamton.  For info, call 585-209-3337 and leave a message.

On The Roxx Bar and Grill is opening early on Saturday March 2nd for a parade day celebration with Irish music and Reubens.

Broome County Young Democrats is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Saturday March 2nd at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel from 9am-11am.

Tranquil Bar/Bistro is opening at 11am on Saturday March 2nd with the music of Pat Kane.

River Bistro is offering free parade parking at the Riverwalk Hotel with a $5 purchase.

Dillingers Celtic Pub will be opening at 11am on Saturday March 2nd.


The Lost Dog Café will be serving up traditional Irish food and drinks all day.


Bring a non-perishable item with you to the parade and a CHOW representative will pick it up 15 minutes before the parade starts.

Ozzie's Brisket BBQ Grill will sell BBQ sandwiches: pulled pork/ brisket/ chicken on the Courthouse lawn.

The Retired Professional Fire Fighters Cancer Fund is hosting a pre-parade cancer research party at the Holiday Inn Arena Friday March 1st from 5pm-10pm.  Admission is $25 per person.

Legal Stuff You Need to Know:

Open alcoholic container laws will be enforced by city police. The City of Binghamton is reminding people that they will not tolerate any disorderly conduct, interference with parade participants or open containers of alcohol in undesignated public areas. Designated public areas for open containers will include parts of State Street that will be identified the day of the parade. The Campus/Community Coalition—which includes City officials, BU’s Off-Campus College, local business owners and residents—has coordinated to urge acceptable behavior by everyone at the parade.

Tips to Enjoy Parade Day:

Dress warm and wear comfy shoes. After watching the parade, everyone rushes to the bars and they get absolutely packed. Even the inflatable bar outside gets filled, so be prepared to be hanging out outside for most of the day. Wear shoes that are comfortable.  You’ll be on your feet all day and don’t want sore feet to ruin your day.

Be careful with your choice of drinks. Irish Car Bombs may be tempting, but whatever you do- don’t do three Irish Car Bombs after drinking beer all day. Vomiting on the street is so uncool.

Rest up.  If you are planning on going out on the night of Parade Day, you might want to consider taking a nap before if you plan to be up the whole night.  Nothing brings down the fun faster than a sleepy, grumpy person.

Call a Cab.  Don't Drink and Drive!

Yeah- it'll cost you a couple bucks, but that's nothing when you consider it could save not only your life, but the lives of others right? If you have a little too much fun, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and call one of these local cab companies:

  • Broome Taxi Svc- (607) 773-2227
  • Owl Taxicab Svc- (607) 722-3447
  • Checker Cab of Upstate NY- (607) 722-2227
  • Endicott Cab- (607) 723-8389
  • Yellow Cab Incorporated- (607) 723-2536
  • Triple Cities Taxi Incorporated- (607) 724-8294
  • Whalen's Taxi Co- (607) 723-8388
  • Yellow Taxi- (607) 722-2322
  • BC Cab- (607) 217-4773

BU Students: Beware.  This is a message the college has sent to students: