Hillcrest Civic Association holds St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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If you missed Saturday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Binghamton, you can check out a small, hometown procession this weekend that celebrates Hillcrest pride.

The Hillcrest Civic Association is organizing the 8th annual Hillcrest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

There will be floats and firetrucks, law enforcement officers and local dignitaries plus music by BC Celtic

The parade started as something of a lark when a few neighbors rode their lawn tractors and towed some trailers down Chenango Street.

Now, it’s grown into an annual event and even spawned the civic association itself.

Hillcrest Community Association President Nick Cook says, “It caught on.  It’s something the neighborhood apparently needed and wanted.  And it just keeps growing every year.  Now, people are contacting us, asking to be a part of this parade, put floats in.  Everyone knows it’s coming.  It’s just a great little thing that started out so small and innocent just for a little bit of fun and now it’s this beautiful community parade.”

The parade steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 1194 on the West Service Road.

It then travels down Chenango Street, through the heart of Hillcrest before turning down Nowlan Road and ending at My Uncle’s Place.

There’s an after-party in the Uncle’s banquet room with food for sale and treats for the kids.

And, as before, donations of new socks and underwear will be collected for the local charity Us for Kids.

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