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Charles City celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

by Matt Marquardt –

CHARLES CITY – A St. Patrick’s Day celebration was held in Charles City Saturday.  The community celebrated with a parade and pub crawl.

The “19th Annual First Ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade” began at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Lane and Main Streets near downtown and headed south on Main to Riverside.

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The Irish Air Force did to do a fly-over during the parade.  It appeared that they flew over downtown at least twice with a pair of planes at the same time.

Jim Arndt of Charles City (pictured above) said he’s been to the last several St. Patrick’s Day parades in Charles City.  “I told my grandkids I would come take some pictures for them,” he said.  “It’s a perfect day, perfect weather.  Never seen anything like this before.”

The parade was open to anyone and was free of charge.  Many people came dressed in creative costumes and most people had some “green” on.  One man colored his beard green.

A pub crawl followed the parade.  There was a free shuttle that provided transporation between the stops, all the way till midnight.

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