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York will celebrate St. Patrick's Day early this year in the town's favorite fashion — with a parade.

More than 90 groups, floats, bands, cars, dancing schools and companies are signed up for Saturday's 1 p.m. parade, led by grand marshal Lynda O'Byrne Randall, co-owner of New Level Advisors, a management consulting company.

The day begins earlier, though. Irish dancers will perform beginning at 11 a.m. at Central Market, at 11:30 a.m. at Martin Library, at noon on Cherry Lane and at noon in the parking lot of the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St.

At Central Market, many vendors will have St. Patrick's Day specials and extended hours for the parade.

Entertainment at Continental Square begins at 11 a.m. with face painting and balloon twisting, caricatures, tabletop coloring pages and parade novelties and T-shirts for sale. The Lancers Senior Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at 12:15 p.m. and the Emigsville Band at 12:45 p.m.

The 34th Annual York St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 1 p.m., with marchers beginning at Penn Market, at the corner of Penn Street and West Market Street, and marching east to Duke Street. A reviewing stand will be set up at the intersection of Market and George streets.

The parade is free, and up to 10,000 people watch each year, organizers said. Parking is free in city-owned garages on Saturdays, but parking meters will need to be fed in the area around Central Market.

Donations will go toward next year's parade.

For more information, got to www.yorksaintpatricksdayparade.org.

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