Past parade Grand Marshal Russell Brooks was joined by this year's Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Judy Weeks for the "Painting of the Green Line" on Friday morning.

The ceremony took place in front of the Stanley Theater on Genesee Street.

Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off Saturday morning at 10:00 from the Oneida Square roundabout.

Once again this year, Adorino Construction will be collecting non-perishable food items at the parade for Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen.