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Michiana celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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There were a number of events happening Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the family.

Deputy Mayor Mark Neal did the honors Saturday afternoon, greening the East Race.

It was part of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade downtown.

Organizers say the sunshine added a little something extra to the St. Joseph River.

"We wait for sunshine because it puts a cast on that river. With this green, it's just effervescent. It's just phenomenal," says Terrance Patrick Meeham, who organized the event.

The weather also made for a nice afternoon with families sitting outside watching the parade.

Dozens marched along Jefferson Avenue between Saint Frances and Niles.

While the weather was nice for the parade, this tough winter added a little extra prep time than in years past. Crews had to shut down the street Thursday to clear all the snow from the parade route.

"We were able to get our street crews out here yesterday to clear all the snow off and make sure that folks could enjoy the route." says Deputy Mayor, Mark Neal, "And also stand on the sides and not have any difficulties with that."

The parade included floats from politicians, Irish dance schools and a number of bands.

Organizers say they believe this was the biggest turn out for the parade.   

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