The 45th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade stepped off on Saturday morning.
The parade began at the state capitol building and ended at the memorial arch. It caused a number of road closures.
City officials expected between 25,000 and 30,000 people decked in green and lined up for the festivities. Restaurant and bars expected sales to surge.
“This is our super bowl. It's going to be a wonderful day,” Matthew Corey, owner of McKinnon’s Irish Pub in Hartford, said. “The last two years the weather has not cooperated, so hopefully everyone will come out and enjoy themselves and have a great time.”
Corey said he is especially excited about the parade this year because he will be the grand marshal this year.
"It's gonna be a great honor and I never get to watch the parade because I'm always working so to take in the wonderful crowds that are gonna come down tomorrow," Corey said. "It's a great honor to represent Hartford."
Now, all eyes turn to New Haven as the 60th annual parade is expected to step off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
It starts at Chapel Street and Sherman Avenue, heads north onto Church Street to Grove Street and goes east on Grove Street to Orange Street.
The following streets will be close to traffic between 11 a.m. until the parade has passed:
More information about New Haven's parade can be found on its website here.
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