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Snow won't stop Hartford, New Haven St. Patrick's Day parades

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Even though Winter Storm David dropped several inches of snow on the state, the Hartford and New Haven St. Patrick's Day parades are being held as scheduled and on Friday, crews prepared for the annual events.

"We're gonna have a parade. We're gonna have a parade," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. "Hopefully a lot of the snow will be cleared from the roads and sidewalks for tomorrow."

The Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade stepped off at 11 a.m. Saturday morning on Capitol Avenue by the state Capitol.

"I get to celebrate my Irish heritage," said Governor Dannel Malloy, "All of my family is from Ireland, so it is a great day to be out here."

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and the parade's grand marshal held a press conference to declare the parade will go on.

"Sunday, 1:30, promise guaranteed," DeStefano said.

The New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and steps off at Chapel Street and Derby Avenue.

The mayor said there will be a parking ban in effect in New Haven until Friday at 6 p.m. to help clear the roads before the parade.

"We expect everyone to be there," DeStefano said.

The last time that the New Haven parade was postponed was in 1993.

 For information on parking in New Haven, click the following link.

Click here to view the whole parade route for Hartford and for the New Haven parade route, click here.

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