The St. Patrick's Day Parade is this Saturday, March 2nd beginning at 1:00 p.m. It's the only parade that goes "backwards" and begins by NYSEG Stadium. Look for Traci and me in the Hawk Cruiser.

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The biggest question that I get every year is "Why is our St. Patrick's Day parade two weeks before St. Patrick's Day?" The answer at the end.

In honor of parade day, I have nearly famous Irishmen, see how many you know. The answers will be at the bottom.  Hint: All the names begin with O.

Nearly Famous Irishmen

5) He invented the chocolate sandwich cookie.

4) He immortalized a Christmas song abut a tree that many think is Greman.

3) First Irish doctor to specialize in women's problems and deliver babies.

2) He's an Irishman who always speaks his mind.

1) He created a heavy winter garment you wear to cover all your other garments.

Answers 5) O'Reo 4) O'Tannenbaum 3) O'Beegeewyin 2) O'Pinion 1) O'Vercoat.

So why do we have the parade two weeks before St. Patrick's Day? I'm told it's because that's when we can get the Mummers in town. Local businesses like it too because it gives them extra business for Saturday and again in two weeks.

It looks like it'll be a wet and windy for Parade Day. They are calling for a rain and wind with temperatures in the mid-40's and gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Go here for find out more about the St. Patrick's Day parade in Binghamton and the Hillcrest St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday.

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Top 20 Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in America

WalletHub recently completed a study of 2023's Best Cities for St. Patrick's Day. They took a number of factors into consideration... like number of Irish Pubs, restaurants per capita, and even lowest price for a 3-star hotel.

Below is their results, compiling all of their research into a Top 20 list. Good news, you might not have to travel far at all for a great St. Patrick's Day party this year!

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