Road closures, safety precautions announced for Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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UTICA — The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in the City of Utica on Saturday, followed by a festive after party on Varick Street. The Utica Police Department has released a list of road closures — and some safety tips — for the holiday event.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with a cannon blast. The parade route will begin in Oneida Square and will travel northbound to Columbia Street.

Street closures will begin at 7 a.m. and will last until noon, police said.

All four lanes of Genesee Street will be closed to traffic from Lafayette Street to the Memorial Parkway. Park Avenue, Oneida Street, State Street and Sunset Avenue will be used as northbound/southbound detours.

A temporary no parking restriction will be in place on both sides of Genesee Street from Columbia Street to Hobart Street.

Street closures, detours and temporary no parking restrictions will be in place for the after party starting at 2 a.m. Saturday and lasting until 7 p.m. Varick Street will be closed from Columbia to Court streets, with areas of Sunset Avenue, Edward Street, Hamilton Street and Cooper Street also closed in the area.

The city-owned parking lot at 716 Varick St. will be closed to the public. It is designated for vendors and peddlers with valid permits.

Safety and security:

  • Open alcoholic beverages in bottles and cans will not be allowed. Alcohol in plastic cups will be allowed;
  • Backpacks and any non-essential bags are discouraged;
  • Weapons and fireworks are forbidden;
  • Drones and unmanned aircraft are forbidden;
  • Caution is advised for anyone choosing to bring a pet to the event, due to the mass gathering of people and a strong canine presence; and
  • Taxis and ride shares for the after party will be allowed to pickup and drop off at Varick and Court streets and at Varick and Columbia streets.

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