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40th annual Augusta St. Patrick's Day parade

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On Friday, folks around the country will be decked out in green to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Irish for St. Patrick's Day. Here in the Garden City, the Irish-American Heritage Society is spearheading a day full of activities for the community to enjoy.

The day will start off with a banquet honoring this year's Grand Marshal Mike Rucker, a retiree from the Savannah River Site who spends his time volunteering and ministering. Then, it's on to the parade and a festival that will be held down at the Augusta Common.

This will be the 40th year that the St. Patrick's Day Parade has made its way through the streets of downtown Augusta. Organizers say what started off as a few Irish men accompanied by two bands and two floats has grown into an event that thousands across the Augusta community look forward to each year. This year, floats will start rolling at 2:00 p.m., with more than seventy-five participants scheduled to hit the parade route.

Chairman Jimbo Thrash tells us that the Irish-American Heritage Society paid special attention to one float that was designed to honor the life of one of their own. "We're doing a tribute for Sgt. Gregory Meager. It means a lot to have this particular float in the parade for him. We've donated this for his whole family to put in this parade. I want to give back. He was a super person and this means a lot to us."

The festival at the Augusta Common will start at 4:00 p.m. The family-friendly event will have live music, games and food. And the good news: it's free to get in! So throw on some green, grab the family and come to downtown to enjoy a day of fun.

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