Lexington goes Irish for early St. Pat’s celebration
The Midlands has never been content to celebrate St. Patrick with just one day. Lexington’s 2019 season of the green started Saturday with the fourth annual Shamrock Parade.
The parade, hosted by the Lexington Blowfish, marched down Main Street as hundreds watched and cheered. Brent Johnson of 93.1 The Lake served as grand marshal, and after completing the route joined local TV legend Joe Pinner to emcee for the rest of the parade.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson participated in the parade, along with Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall and members of the town council.
Local first responders, military personnel and many local businesses also participated. There was plenty of Irish flair, with young students from the Connick School of Irish Dance performing and members of the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians carrying the green and orange colors.
Lots of leprechauns were seen too, passing out candy and even some tickets to upcoming Blowfish games.
“The kids go crazy for the candy,” said Emma Devall, laughing as she watched. “My husband’s holding tight to ours so he doesn’t run out there.”
A festival at the town’s Icehouse Amphitheater followed the parade, with lots of food and drinks available and bounce houses and other games for the kids.