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Hundreds rush the squares before parade

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah Saint Patrick's Day parade kicked off at about 10 a.m. Monday, but hundreds of people were out early in the rain waiting to claim prime real estate.

All the squares along the parade route were closed until 6 a.m. Once the whistle blew, they charged in a claimed there place. This year was different than years past due to the rain. The crowds were noticeably smaller.

"It is usually elbow-to-elbow and it's usually slammed. You have to literally fight for your spot. I guess with the weather, but weather is not keeping us away," said Moring Cliatt.

There was still green grass available hours after the squares opened. For the people who did set up early they had to wait four hours for the parade. So they had to stay busy.

"I just went back to our van and took a nap so I just woke up about 10 minutes ago. Now, we will get the food out," said Bev Kehayes.

For many, the rushing of the squares is just as much a part of the day as the parade.

"We are not going to stop, we will not stop Saint Paddys day. We will be here every year just like today," said Trey Parrish.

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