Augusta celebrates St. Patrick's Day in 33rd annual parade
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
Green hats, green beads and green beer! Augusta celebrated St. Patrick's Day, starting with the 33rd annual parade downtown on Broad Street.
"I think the parade is basically for the children," Jimmie Stokes, a spectator. "They come down and enjoy it, and I think there's a lot of things for them to see. Those who don't come down and see it, I think they miss out on a lot."
"I thought a lot of people were going to go to Savannah," Natalia Maldonado. "And a lot of people didn't expect it to be so packed up."
A sea of green flooded The Common where Augustans enjoyed live music, bounce houses and of course, St. Patrick's Day beer.
Richmond County deputies say two out of five of all deaths in crashes between 2006 and 2010 involved a drunk driver during St. Patrick's Day. They warn party-goers to drink responsibly.
"It's St. Patrick's Day but you should not drink and drive," said Diahnne Duberry. "All those who are listening, you should not drink and drive."
…sound advice from a woman who admits she may not be of "sound mind."
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has beefed up security for the holiday, making safety on the roads their top priority.
If you're not sure whether or not you've had too much to drink, there's an app for that. "Drive Sober" can estimate your blood alcohol level and provide listings for local taxi and bus services. You can download it right on your smart phone so that you can make it home safely.
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