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The city of Rochester has confirmed it is returning the St. Patrick's Day parade route to its original starting point, prior to the construction on the Inner Loop.

The shortened route is something that had a big impact on businesses that depend on the parade for a boost each year.

This year, the route will once again begin at East Avenue and Alexander Street, instead of East Avenue and Scio Street as it did last year.

The end point will remain at Main Street and Plymouth Avenue.

Business owners on East and Alexander say they're ecstatic about the parade coming back here.

For many it was a surprise – they didn't know this was going to happen, but held out hope the parade would eventually come back their way.

Many say they saw a change in the crowds and the atmosphere over the past few years. Some also say it affected their bottom lines a bit.

“I think people didn't come out quite as early when it started on Alexander,” said bar owner Mark Chiarenza. “By 9, we'd be very busy. People would want a table here with a good vantage point."

The city confirmed they are working with the Rochester Police Department and parade organizers to make the move back East and Alexander happen.

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