An estimated 150,000 people will march in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday.
The St. Vincent - St. Mary High School Marching Band and the school's Irish Dance troupe will be among them.
"They are on cloud nine," said Band Director Brian Campbell. "They are ready to go. We had a great sendoff at the school. We packed the gym yesterday. We marched the band in with the dancers and they are just ready to go."
Campbell says the parade, which lasts about four hours, steps off in Manhattan at 11:00 a.m., but his group of 78 don't even need to arrive until 12:50 p.m., about ten minutes before they start marching.
"We'll be playing our fight song and we'll also be playing "The Irish Party in Third Class."
Campbell says the Fighting Irish band and dancers will have time to take a Hudson River cruise Saturday night, attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral Sunday morning and also visit the 911 Memorial before returning to Akron.