Hartford's St. Patrick's Day parade in 2013. (WFSB photo)
New Haven's St. Patrick's Day parade in 2013. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Two of the state's largest St. Patrick's Day parades were set to kick off this weekend.
Hartford's parade was scheduled to march Saturday at 11 a.m.
"I wished it happened a couple of times a year because it's really, really great," said Samantha Mitchell, a parade patron.
Last year, thousands of people packed downtown to show their Irish pride.
"My favorite part of the parade has to be the band and the bagpipes," Mitchell said.
Temporary fences were already in place Friday.
According to the event's website, the route was set to start on Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol building. It then takes a left onto Main Street, then another left on Asylum Street, a third left on Ford Street and ends at the Memorial Arch.
Organizers said it will be held rain or shine.
"Just bringing my family together, having a good time cheering and seeing everybody happy," said parade attendee Joey Perez.
Police said there will be a number of road closures from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We will have a full contingent of officers, surge of officers, downtown to handle any problems that arise this," said Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department.
Capitol Avenue, Main Street, Asylum Street, Hungerford Street, Oak Street, Ford Street, Washington Street and Trinity Street will all be shut down. The exit 48 off-ramp from I-84 will also be closed.
"I wouldn't recommend for anyone to drive," Mitchell said. "I would recommend for people to take public transportation because it's not worth the drive."
In New Haven, the parade was scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Construction on Chapel Street forced parade participants to gather on Edgewood Avenue at Sherman Avenue, organizers said.
The route then heads to Howe Street and turns right towards Chapel Street for the home stretch.
New Haven police also said there will be road closures. Edgewood Avenue, Sherman Avenue, Howe Street and Chapel Street will all be shut down.
They will be closed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information on Hartford's parade, click here.
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