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St. Patrick's Day Parade

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This Saturday the downtown streets of Springfield will be covered with Irish green from the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

KSMU's Erika Brame has more.

The St. Patrick's Day festivities will be held downtown on Park Central Square starting at 11:00 a.m.

There will be vendors outside, inflatables for the kids, and other festival booths.

At 11:30 the third annual Irish Idol will begin.

Dave Trippe the President of the Irish Festival Association encourages everyone to come out and participate in Irish Idol.

"The third Irish Idol contest; if you can sing, if you can dance, if you can tell an Irish tale we would love to have you compete."

Forecasters predict a high around the mid 40's with a 40% chance of rain on Saturday.

Trippe says this isn't bad weather, its Irish weather.

"I don't look at that weather as being bad. We wouldn't want Miami Beach weather for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It's going to be Irish weather."

The parade will start at 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Benton and Commercial Street and finish up downtown at the square.

KSUM's Mike Smith is the Grand Marshall of the parade.

The awards ceremony for best costume, float, and other contests will be held after the parade at Pat and Alley's Pub in downtown Springfield.

For more information about the parade you can go to ksmu.org.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.

Links:

  • Parade website