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Hundreds have taken part in the 1st Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2 years

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Hundreds of people and even four-legged friends came out Saturday to celebrate the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Raleigh — two years after COVID-19 forced the event to close.

“I’m so excited that it’s finally here,” said parade-goer Nancy Grubb.

And she wasn’t the only one. Many families lined Wilmington Street all the way down to West Lenior Street anxiously awaiting the parade.

The parade started promptly at 10:30 am. Children and families cheered as the bagpipes and drums played.

Faye Hildebran and Grubb said they have been going to this parade for years and now that it is back they have not missed their chance to participate.

“We are very happy to finally be able to do this again,” said Hildebran.

“We’ve waited two years! We’ve had our traditional crispy cream and now we’re here to see it all,” Grubb said proudly and in a celebratory mood.

But for parade-goers like Mosby Carter — he and his siblings were looking for the man with the pot of gold.

“The goblins,” Carter said.

His father Richard Carter said attending the event two years after the COVID outbreak was the best way to celebrate how far we’ve come.

“Yeah, it’s nice to be out here. I guess the whole angst isn’t as hyped as it was. Everything seems a little more relaxed,” Carter said.

Other dads like Joey Hoying showed their holiday cheer by donning a bright green wig and festive t-shirt and celebrating the parade with his two children.

“We love seeing the Irish dancing, the bagpipes and all the different floats – the kids love it,” he said.

Even newcomer Larry Davison drove 147 miles to compete.

“We’re from Richmond, Virginia, and we heard about the parade online and wanted to visit and see it,” Davison said.

For more information on the parade or to stay up to date on future events, click here: https://raleighstpats.org/

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DUSTIN JONES

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