Cincinnati will be marking St. Patrick's Day with a parade and two parties.
The annual parade starts at noon Saturday and runs until about 3. It will stage on Culvert Street and southbound Eggleston Avenue, and will travel north on Eggleston Avenue, then west on Central Parkway, then south on Sycamore Street, then east on Fifth Street to the demarcation area on Sentinel Street.
To allow the parade participants to stage, the following streets will close at 10:00 am:
People were outraged last week when the group that puts on the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade said a gay rights group couldn't march. Now at least seven Cincinnati Council members (two hadn't responded as of Friday afternoon) are prepared to approve a motion making sure that doesn't happen again.
Councilman Chris Seelbach's motion would require all parades receiving a financial subsidy from the city - and there are four - must agree in writing to adhere to the city's non-discrimination policy.
Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, but Saturday at noon is the kick-off to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of Cincinnati. While mostly known for our German heritage, Cincinnati has a long history of Irish influence through the generations. Mark Perzel is joined on the phone by Kevin Grace, head of the Archives and Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati, who has written Irish Cincinnati, a book detailing the impact and influence of the Irish during Cincinnati’s history.