Ready to march

A blast of cold air and wind that arrived Wednesday night continues today before a warm-up takes place in time for the third annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Williamsport Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. and moves east on West Fourth Street ending at Market Street. For those eager to wear green, expect a frosty and windy day today with gusts as high as 40 mph and temperatures peaking at 20 degrees, with wind chill values making it feel colder, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the service in State College.

“The good news is after some morning clouds, the sun should return,” he said.

Temperatures rebound nicely Friday and for the parade Saturday, with highs each day in the 40s.

A few sprinkles are possible during the parade but the percentage is 30 percent, he said.

During last year’s parade a band of snow fell covering spectators and participants in splashes of white.

West Fourth Street will be closed along the parade route from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., said Justin Simpson, city recreation director and parade coordinator.

More than 45 entrants will appear in five divisions.

Parade lineup:

Division 1: Williamsport Bureau of Police, Williamsport Detachment Marine Corps League, Grand Marshal Thomas P. O’Connor, Lycoming College President Kent Trachte, Williamsport Area School District Superintendent Don Adams, Miss Teen Pennsylvania Sydney Robertson, City Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman, Nittany Highland Pipe Band, City Council and Lycoming County Commissioners, World of Little League Museum coordinator Janice Ogurcak and City Bureau of Fire Chief C. Dean Heinbach.

Division 2: Ancient Order of Hibernians, WRAK, Bill 95, Allison Crane and Rigging, Nick Franczack, bagpiper, V 97, Kiss 102.7, Williamsport Crosscutters and the Waves Swim Team.

Division 3: Greater Williamsport Notre Dame Club, Lycoming County Dairy Princess Becky Steppe, state Rep. Rick Mirabito, Williamsport Area High School cheerleaders, 40 et 8 SOL Club, Hershey characters, Alpha XI Delta, Liberty Tax Service, Geisinger Health Service and West Branch School.

Division 4: Percheron horses and carriage, Sweet Frog, H&R Block, Barrel 135 and the Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, Imbibe Lounge, E.H. Kleckner, The Troubles, Domers Bar and Grill, Crouse’s Auto Body and The Cell Block.

Division 5: Valley Ag and Turf, The Crazy Tomato, Hughesville High School Marching Band, Dream Machines Motor Club, Red Robin, STEP Ameri-Corps, Celtic Home Healthcare, Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens, Bower Disposal and Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.