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Sioux Falls prepares for St. Patrick's Day

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The city of Sioux Falls is celebrating St. Patrick's Day a day early. There are a multitude of Irish activities planned throughout the day. The official kick-off to the celebration starts at 11:45 Saturday morning for the traditional painting of the Shamrock. They will be painting a large green shamrock on the ground in front of the First National Bank at 9th St. and Phillips Ave. Then at the 2:00 p.m. the 34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade begins. In preparation for the parade, all the side roads surrounding the parade will be blocked off. The parade starts at 6th and Main. It goes all the way down to 13th St. Then it turns down onto Phillips Ave. and back down to 6th. The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Sylvia Henkin. She is the only person to ever be the Grand Marshal twice. Anyone can join in on the parade by simply buying a $3 button and meeting at the start of the parade at 12:30 p.m. at 5th and Main. The money from the buttons goes towards local charities like Special Olympics. After the parade, a group of dancers from Connolly Irish Dance will be performing at the Old Courthouse Museum. A group of 15 dancers will be performing at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Louise Connolly from Connolly Irish Dance brought two dancers on the KSFY Morning News to give Shawn and Nancy a little preview and a little lesson.

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