Small crowd turns out for Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - A smaller crowd than usual turned out for this year's St. Patrick's parade in downtown Syracuse.

Freezing temperatures and wind were likely the culprit, but a dedicated group of visitors marched on.

"It's a great experience," said Miriam Garrow, who rarely misses the parade. "People coming out in this brutal's hard core. We love it." 

Garrow attended with a group of foreign exchange students. She hosts one from Germany. But others joined them from as far away as Spain.

"It's sort of funny because it's so cold," said Rachel Caldas, one of the students. "We have the whole place to ourselves. So it's like a private show." 

Many people criticized the parade committee for moving ahead on March 11 instead of delaying the event until there was warmer weather.

Ultimately, Garrow says she's happy her students were able to attend. 

"They don't have anything like this at home, so it's a completely new concept," she said. 

And the experience seems to have lived up to the hype. 

"I heard last week was 60 degrees," Caldas said. "So I was kind of hoping for that. But it makes it all the more memorable."

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