Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - The Lexington County Blowfish’s 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration was a big hit despite rain and cool weather earlier in the day Saturday. As the day broke, there were intermittent heavy rains followed by drizzle and temperatures cool enough to see your breath. It seemed as if the event went forward, it would be a cold, mucky event; however, by the time the festival started at noon, the weather had improved, and kept doing so throughout the day. When the parade started at 2:00 p.m. it was approaching pleasant even though the skies were still overcast, and the temperature was comfortable.
Crowds of people wandered through the festival area which was set up at the Icehouse Amphitheater and children and adults alike seemed to enjoy it a great deal. There was a Ferris wheel, bounce houses, and lots of other fun things to do. There were also food and drinks that were enough to satiate the crowds busy working their way from sight to sight with children in tow. Teens with huge smiles on their faces laughed as they roamed in groups and you could spot the young love easily by watching for the hand-holding among the youthful faces. For the adult playground, O’Hara’s Irish Pub was doing a brisk business as a crowd gathered there to enjoy the free-flowing Guinness and true, authentic Irish food. It really was a great time and day!
The parade was long, snaking down West Main, and everyone displayed their best interpretation of Irish. There were four-leaf clovers everywhere and green as far as the eye could see. There were dignitaries, beauty queens, bands, and businesses. Even the pets were decked out in their St. Patty’s; the well-dressed dogs who enjoyed sporting green bow ties, a bright green tutu, an appropriately sized doggie bowler hat, or a tasteful green vest.
Lexington’s police officers did a terrific job and their presence was reassuring. You could see them riding bikes, ATVs, in squad cars, and on foot moving among the crowds. Even they got into the spirit, sporting little hints of green here and there. One great big police officer had a tiny green bowler hat cocked to one side of his head; it made everyone who saw him smile. Most officers were being true to their oath to serve, taking beads and candy that were given to them during the parade straight to the nearest child who accepted the items with a huge smile. Other staff members of the town were sprinkled here and there making sure everything was just as you’ve come to expect from the town.
Once again, Bill Shanahan and his Lexington County Blowfish team proved why it was such a great idea to schmooze them to locate here. They greatly improve the quality of life of the people of Lexington County with everything they do! Top of the day to you laddy; The Shamrock Festival was a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lexington!
The 2019 Lexington, SC Shamrock Festival & Parade. Photos By: Amy & Faith Eberflus