Green Beer Sunday Going Strong In CNY
St. Patrick's Day celebrations kicked early with Green Beer Sunday as a party crowd descended upon Tipperary Hill in Syracuse. Green Beer Sunday is the annual block party that kicks off the season of fun leading up to St. Patrick's Day.
The weather over the weekend specifically Sunday didn't slow anybody down at all. I mean we're talking "the smallest parade in CNY, just a 20-minute hike from Syracuse's green-over-red traffic light to Colemans Irish Pub.
This year's grand marshal Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh led the smallest parade in Syracuse with his family. Plus Irish step dancers, bagpipers, and business owners followed the Walshes along with a tanker truck draped in the Irish colors. It contains, allegedly, the green beer imported from the Emerald Isle.
"Everyones Irish from now until St. Patrick's Day," said Mary Dougherty of Westvale, She has attended every Green Beer Sunday for 50 years.
Dougherty's father Kenny Davis was one of the original Stone Throwers in the 1920's who, as legend has it, kept smashing the lights in the traffic signal until the city broke down and put the green over the red. Their loyalty to Ireland led to the world's only green-over -red signal light. A statue now stands at the corner, memorializing their stubborn, spirited efforts.