Ready or not, here it comes! Binghamton’s 52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 2nd in downtown Binghamton.

Binghamton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with Mass at St. Mary's of Assumption Church which is located on Main Street in Binghamton. This mass will honor the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians as well as the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians who have passed away. Legend says that if you hang your rosary beads outside the church, the weather will be good for parade day.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off immediately following Mass with a 1:30 p.m. step off time. If you're participating in the parade, please make plans to begin lineup at 12:30 p.m. The parade lines up in the area of NYSEG stadium and travels down Court Street, concluding at Edwards Street on Binghamton’s West Side.

If you'll be watching the parade with your kids, with someone elderly, or with someone who has trouble with mobility, you might want to plan on avoiding the intersections of Court and State Streets because that's where the largest crowd gathers. The past two years, Binghamton University went on spring break the weekend of Parade Day, so the crowd was a little bit less, but this year, they don't go on break until the 16th, so a large crowd is once again anticipated.

[via Binghamton Ancient Order of Hibernians/Binghamton University]