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189th Saint Patrick's Day Parade wraps up

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The 189th Saint Patrick's Day parade wrapped up and it was a huge success. Thousands poured into Savannah on Saturday to watch the three-hour long parade.

Whether you were Irish or not, when the Saint Patrick's Day Parade comes around, it's always time for a party.

 "It's a crazy crowd and, I mean, I have marched in Dublin, Ireland for Saint Patrick's Day and this is the best parade I have ever been in," said Maj. Christopher Cain, of the 1st Company Foot Guard from Connecticut.

For some families, it was a time to celebrate history, to honor generations that have marched before them back when the Saint Patrick's Day parade first began.

For other people, it's all about the entertainment.

"I like the horses and the marching band,"  "I like the horses and the bands like her too," said Katelyn and Sara who are cousins.

But for many, it's about just having a good time.

"This is the Irish cup mustache identifier, and I strongly recommend this to everyone because everyone is using green cups," said Michele Woods, showing off her cup with a green mustache on it.

This Saint Patrick's Day Parade had everything-from marching bands from dozens of schools, to floats from Crab Shack, Red Cross, Relay for Life, St. Joseph/Candler, and many more.

Military and service members received kisses as they walked, including from a young girl that was at her first ever parade.

People from all over the world came to experience the fun, and the folks from Georgia made a pretty good impression.

"The people are so friendly, I mean it's like everybody is Irish, everyone here is so nice," said Capt. Brendan O'Dowd, from the Irish Air Corp, in Ireland.

"It's the best day to be in Savannah the whole year, that is why everyone in the world wants to be here," said Will Gibson.

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