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Weather won't hamper St. Patrick's Day Parade, organizers say

Road crews preparing for more wintry...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown city officials and members of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee are preparing for another blast of winter.

19th street is part of the parade route, and it's clear. Parade officials said the weekend weather won't hamper the event. Allentown said it, too, is prepared.

Friday's weather was a welcome helper for Teresa Espinoza of east Allentown as she dug out her car.

"The sun is nice, so I'm trying to shovel," she said.

From the east side to center city, four days after the storm, streets are plowed and clear, or at least getting there.

"The cIty, I think, was good," Gilbert Sierra said about the city's work to remove the snow.

While trucks continue to remove snow, they may have to prepare for another blast. One to three inches of snow is expected to fall Friday night through Sunday.

Mayor Ed Pawlowksi said the city is ready.

"The streets are down to blacktop. All the major side streets and the alleys, I think, will be able to handle it pretty easily," he said..

The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade committee is hoping for a bit of that Irish luck to hold, as its annual parade is Sunday.

"I wore out two pairs of blue jeans praying to St Patrick," committee president John Chaya said about the storm earlier this week.

Chaya said the committee has been coordinating with the city to make sure the parade route is clear both on the streets and sidewalk.

"Every year, what happens is people kind of move into the street a little bit. Will be notifying people as they step off in the march to stay in the center of street to allow people on side to be there," he explained about people standing on the parade route.

In its 60 years, the parade has been canceled only once, for a blizzard in 1993.

Organizers said the parade will not be canceled. If a blizzard happens, the call would come at 7 a.m. Sunday.


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