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Sioux Falls St. Patrick's Day Festivities

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A five mile run started off the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Sioux Falls. The day was so nice runners were able to wear shorts. And although the ending was a little windy, hundreds of people took part. Some runners we talked to said this run has become a yearly tradition.  "It's such a great atmosphere and it's really fun and I've run it for five years in a row now," Chris Heezen said.

Shortly after the run, the Painting of the Shamrock took place on Phillips Avenue. Dozens of people took part in the annual tradition, including Sioux Falls Councilor Greg Jamison. We met one girl who came from Watertown with her family and she even dressed up her little doll. "Because my mom had a generation of being Irish and we came down to celebrate with her," Maggie Heesch said.

The big event of the day was the 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day parade, where motorcycle riders had the St. Patty's Day crowd revved up. The downtown parade had something for everyone. Flags, motorcycles, go carts, leprechauns, music and a whole lot of green. And what would a parade be without candy? People there told us about their favorite part. "I don't think I really have a favorite part. Pretty much taking the kids is the best part," Brooke Peaton said. "It is just everyone getting together and celebrating. I wish I was Irish," Karen Nelson said. The parade lasted about two hours.

The party didn't stop at the parade, it continued at the Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Sioux Falls. Irish music played while families hit the dance floor. The museum holds this event every year to highlight Irish traditions. "We've always said we will do our event on St. Patty's Day and this year it just so happens the two came together. We got the parade and our event too. It's a good afternoon," Kevin Gansz said. "This year we came in here to see all of the dancing and music and it's really been fun," Fiona Hammersmith said.

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