Rain puts a damper on St. Patrick's Day festivities

Rain puts a damper on St. Patrick's Day festivities

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Despite rain canceling festivities at the Augusta Common, the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade still went off without a hitch in Downtown Augusta.

"Oh, I think it's horrible!" said Carrie Cochran, about the weather. "This time last year, I think we were in shorts and skirts, but, it's all in good fun, it's worth it!"

Cochran's sentiments seemed to be shared among most of the attendees of Augusta's St Patrick's Day celebrations; wet and cool conditions putting a bit of a damper on the day's festivities.

"It's horrible!" exclaimed Kim Gibbs. "Rain, rain, go away!"

Gibbs has been coming downtown for 15 years now to see the many Irish themed floats and parade marchers. Despite the passing showers, she said she wouldn't miss it for the world.

"The family, and the camaraderie, and the marching bands!" said Gibbs. "I love to see the marching bands!"

Jimbo Thrash, who helped organize this year's parade, said the floats and fun were better than ever.

"We have a lot of them," explained Thrash. "We have a lot of different family floats, Shriners, bands. "You know, it's a mix of everything in the parade today."

Attendees said it's that kind of collaboration that makes it worth coming back year after year.

"I'll be here till the end, rain or shine," vowed Gibbs.

Others: hoping to start a new St Patrick's day tradition.

"We've been here two years now, we're military," said Cochran. "So anytime we can get out, and be part of the community, we're here."

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