Yonkers prepares for Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano painted the traditional green line down the city's route for its St. Patrick's Day Parade. (3/20/14)

YONKERS - For the first time, the city of Yonkers will be having one St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend instead of two.

For the past three years, merchants on McLean Avenue have hosted their own parade in Southeast Yonkers, a neighborhood with a large Irish population. The parade was done along with the city's official one that goes down Broadway.

The two parades have merged this year with co-chairs from both. Today, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano painted the traditional green line down the city's route for its St. Patrick's Day Parade. He was joined by this year's grand marshal, Father Tom Collins of Stepinac High School.

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The parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday on McLean Avenue, outside of St. Barnabas Church. It will end about a mile away at Coyne Park.

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