VIDEO: Williams paints green stripe to rein in St. Patrick's Day weekend

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams helped rein in the St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend by painting a green stripe on King Street Friday afternoon.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

The annual tradition, which dates back to the Frawley administration, helps mark the location where the St. Patrick's Day parade will occur on Saturday. The actual feast day falls on Monday.

Williams said the procession and Hooley celebrate Irish culture and help boost Wilmington's economy by bringing people into the city.

"People spend their money by going to restaurants, the parade is great, it's just a thing that keeps our urban areas vibrant," Williams said.

Eileen Sweeney is an officer with the club and says the festivities are meaningful for those with Irish heritage.

"Back in Ireland everything was solemn, especially in years when the immigrants started coming in so it's kind of a fun thing now for us, but we always carry that in our hearts," Sweeney said.

The parade begins at Fourth and King streets at noon. It finishes at 14th and Market Streets.

Afterwards, the Hooley will be held outside in a heated tent at 14th and King Streets.

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