Horseheads celebrates 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade

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Hundreds of spectators donning green lined the streets of Horseheads Thursday morning for the city’s 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

It brought out people of all ages, to take part in the festivities. It didn’t matter how old you were to have fun.

Senior, Mary Beechey, said she never wants to get old.

“I’m a kid at heart. I’m never going to get old.”

And some of the more profound angles of the parade were not found high atop a building. Rather, on the ground level.

“We like to be at the beginning, rather then the hectic of it all,” said Dan Swartz. “Being down here, is staying out of the wind.”

Much like Mary Beechey and numerous others, the day was more than a parade, it’s a celebration of culture, heritage, and being with family.

“It’s really important to us,” said Megan Gilson. “Our family is very Irish. Our grandmother, always celebrated from February on to St. Patrick’s Day.”

It should be noted that this parade was dedicated in memory of beloved barber and shopowner, Mike Sullivan Jr., who passed away last summer.

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