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Saint Patrick's Day Parade Draws Thousands, Despite Cold

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"Saint Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday," said Nicole Debias of Erie, at the parade early to snag a good seat. 

Many people share her sentiment, kids and adults, Irish and not. Thousands packed State Street to catch the sights despite the cold weather.  

"It's snowing this time. Last year it actually wasn't snowing so it was decent. Now we're all bundled up with an umbrella," said Darlene Lehmin, there with her daughter.  

So what are people's favorite things about the Saint Patrick's Day parade?

"Candy!" said Skyler Sutton, a grade school student in Erie. 

"Just to see the floats and to see people dressed up," said Skyler's mom, Loretta Sutton.  

"My favorite part about the day is the people, because everybody is smiling," said Congressman Mike Kelly (R-3rd District). "It's like their hearts are light, they're looking towards spring, and they're just so happy about everything." 

Of course in going back to the roots of the holiday, it's all to pay homage to Saint Patrick too.

"He was a hero. First he was put into slavery by the Irish, he was kept there for a number of years, finally broke free and went back to his home country which was probablyWales," explained Mark Borowy, of the Saint Patrick Church. "Then he got a call from God to go back to the Irish. And he went back and basically converted the whole country," he said.

The parade started at Eleventh and State St and ended by Saint Patrick Church. 

And once again this year, the parade was emcee 'd by WICU/WSEE's own Gary Drapcho. 

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