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2019-03-13 / News

Become ‘Irish for a Day’ In Sidney On Saturday

By Erik Berggren


Local piper Dean Robinson marched in 2018 and will again this year. Contributed Photo Local piper Dean Robinson marched in 2018 and will again this year. Contributed Photo The Sidney Chamber of Commerce is ready for its second annual ‘Irish for a Day’ St. Paddy’s Day celebration on Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. Last year’s inaugural event was a success, with hundreds of people flocking to Main Street in Sidney for the festivities. The parade begins at 2 p.m. with lineup to start at 1 p.m. in the Sidney Plaza. The parade will proceed down Main Street to the corner of Main and River streets.

The tradition was conceptualized to bring foot traffic to Sidney businesses. Event organizer and Chamber member Teresa Schunk said she hopes the event will bring the community together and highlight its newlyrevitalized Main Street. Shops and restaurants will offer Irishinspired specials and giveaways during the celebration.

New this year, vendors will line Division Street so people can browse their wares, including homemade items, products from direct sales companies, and more. There will also be a Bassett Cancer Services Program promotion for free cancer screenings.

A new “Irish hospitality tent” on Division Street will feature drink tastings from Awestruck, Northway Brewing, Cooperstown Brewing and Muddy River. There will also be corned beef sliders and other food available as well as Irish music performed by the Barn Cats from noon to 2 p.m.

The Harrington Gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. to show a gallery member exhibit, featuring items from local students and artists, and traditional Irish music will be performed by Searching for Meaning, a two-piece band. Throughout the event, BJ the Clown will be on Main Street to make balloon animals.

The parade promises to be more than twice as long as last year’s, with more than double the parade entries. Known entries include the Leatherstocking Pipe and Drum Band, Sidney Youth Cheerleaders, Sidney Moose Lodge, Red Hat Pussycats, Franklin Doodlebugs, Tri Town Nursery School, mounted horses, firetrucks, and more. The Sidney Chamber of Commerce has also asked Irish Setter owners to bring their canines down to participate in the parade.

Any group or organization that has not registered but would still like to participate in the parade may simply arrive for line up at 1 p.m. at the Sidney Plaza on Saturday.

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