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Our Town Shamrock: St. Patrick's Day Parade

The bright sun and pleasant weather drew large crowds out into the streets of Shamrock on Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day parade. It's one of the biggest days of the year for the town- in fact, it's been declared the official St. Patrick's Day celebration for the state of Texas.

The parade, which dates all the way back to 1938, attracts people from all across the country. The town expects to see about 20,000 people this weekend.

Israel Sanchez and his family drive over a hundred miles from their hometown in Woodward, OK every year to ride motorcycles in the parade. They've been doing it for the past 15 years and say they love everything about it.

"The whole nine yards... especially the kids. They get a kick out of seeing stuff like this," said Sanchez in regards to his favorite thing about the event.

People of all ages parade down Main Street in floats, classic cars, and even mules. Most participants wear their most festive green clothes as they toss candy to the crowds.

A committee of around 30-40 people work year-round to help put the event together. Shamrock mayor Buc Weatherby says it requires a lot of hard work and planning.

"Let me tell you... this event, next year's event, will start being planned in about three weeks," said Weatherby.

The parade is only one in a long list of events going on in Shamrock this weekend. Visit the Shamrock website for the complete schedule.

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