Tens of thousands turn out for St. Pat’s in 5 Points

USC President Grand Marshal Dr. Harris Pastides, right, with Cocky.

From races and a parade to food and drinks to games and rides to live music from local and nationally-known acts, the 37th annual St. Pat’s in Five Points offered something for everyone.

The day began with the 17th annual Get to the Green 10k, 5k, & 1-mile fun run. The races were followed by the St. Pat’s parade, rolling from Devine Street through Five Points led by Grand Marshal Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina.

“My advice to the next UofSC president… Have a sense of humor!” Pastides said via Twitter after the parade.

The festival then began in earnest, with live music on five stages and a silent disco for those who preferred to dance to a different beat.

Dashboard Confessional was the biggest musical name performing, and the bill included a wide variety of sounds from country to hip-hop to rock. Walker Hayes, The Band Camino, Felly, lovelytheband, H3ro, FatRat Da Czar and Mitchell Tenpenny were just a few who had crowds dancing, cheering and singing along.

“We’re here to see Dashboard; we’ve been fans since middle school,” said Jennifer Starnes, who attended with three friends. “But there are so many good bands here we didn’t even know about.”

For the younger crowd, the free Pot O’ Gold Playland on Saluda Avenue offered rides, games, a climbing wall and shows especially designed for kids.

“It really is a great place for the whole family,” said Jared Carter as he watched his two daughters playing. “You don’t have to be drinking to have a good time, but you can if you want to.”

Information on attendance (expected to exceed 40,000) and money raised for the Five Points Association and local charities will be available Tuesday.

When it was over, Satyurday,  Co-Chair of St. Pat’s in Five Points Amy Beth Franks said in a release: “On behalf of the Five Points Foundation, we were proud to host the 37th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points today.  I will be releasing all post-festival information on Tuesday, March 19th, as tomorrow and Monday will be spent cleaning the Five Points area and surrounding neighborhoods.”

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