Today is a big day of celebration in Binghamton.  The 50th anniversary of the St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Binghamton is being held. Though many will be dressed in green much of that may be covered by heavy overcoats and winter hats and scarves to combat the bitter cold.

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The day kicks off with mass at 11:30 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 37 Fayette Street.  The parade begins at 1:30 PM and heads from the area near St. Mary's down Court and Main Streets to Arthur Street.  A Hibernian Parade Party will be held from 1-6 PM at Seton Catholic Central High School on Seminary Avenue.

A number of pipe bands will battle the frigid temperatures and windy conditions and march in the parade.  Pipe bands include the Broome County Celtic Pipers, Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band and the Mummers Avalon String Band.

Prior to the parade a truck from CHOW will travel along the parade route to collect non-perishable food items to help the hungry in our area. WNBF and other Townsquare Media Personalities will also take part in the parade.