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The streets of downtown Sioux Falls are filled with Irish charm

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A busy day in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, events officially kicked off with a proclamation declaring this weekend the weekend of the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Also honoring Sylvia Henkin the founder of the parade as the official Grand Marshal.

Bagpipes carried the tune just outside along Phillip's Avenue while hundreds gathered for the annual painting of the shamrock. It is one of the many events downtown as thousands celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Sylvia Henkin founded the events 34 years ago and led this year as the Grand Marshal.

We caught up with Sylvia who tells us what it means to be here this year. "Knowing the people I'm turning it over to, it'll just be a continuation of what happened yesterday will be going on forever. My memory is not that long, it isn't that good but every time I see the pipes and drums, it's a day of happiness, good spirit and fun," Sylvia Henkin said.

Earlier in the morning it was a sea of green as hundreds of runners unofficially kicked off the weekend's events with the Annual St. Patty's Day run. A little on the chilly side but the runners were well-prepared as they hit the streets of downtown for a good morning workout all in the name of St. Patrick.

Finally what's a St. Patrick's Day weekend without the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Dozens of fun floats loaded with green filled the streets of downtown from Main Street back up Phillips Avenue.

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