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San Diegans follow St. Patrick's Day traditions

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The Irish led by the Irish Congress of Southern California let in volunteer parade workers into the Hillcrest parade that celebrated the people in public service Sautrday, March 15th. Fireme and shriners, moving to the sound of bagpipes, marched the parade path 120 entrants walked, from 6th Avenue and Juniper Street, north on 5th Avenue to Upas Street, and back south on 6th Avenue to Upas Street.

"Volunteers are our lifeblood," the Irish Congress says.

Balboa Park's lawn grounds became the site for the afternoon festival entertainment work that came after the 10:30 am parade. Paraders walked in the park on Laurel Street. The 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade lead, Brian McCellan, took his turn standing among the traditional rows of green and dark blue colors.

The volunteers handled "jobs of all sizes," while the Irish enjoyed the music and dance entertainment on stages, and, picked a winner in the Smiling Irishman contest, who puts on a hat and takes up a walking stick. The Shamrockers closed off a two stage line-up that ended at 5 pm.

A year's annual Irish labor team kept the Irish Congress showing from shrinking. San DIego stayed loyal to the green civic spirit.

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