LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Although St. Patrick's Day isn't officially until Monday, but that didn't stop downtown La Crosse from celebrating a little early.
Irishfest of La Crosse hosted their 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and hundreds of people filled Main Street to watch the parade. Additionally, dozens of local organizations built their own floats for the celebration.
Dance crews from Amanda's Academy of Dance demonstrated traditional Irish dances, and kids hoped they had the luck of the Irish when it came to collecting beads and candy.
"It's really fun to see the parade. I like to go to all the parades that are happening because they are fun and it's fun to watch the floats go by," parade visitor McKinlee Northrup said. "I like to see the Irish jigs and hear the music playing. I like to see people running around and getting candy. And I really like getting candy."
The Hunger Task Force also collected food and monetary donations along the parade route. All donations received by Hunger Task Force will be matched by the Feinstein Foundation.
St. Patrick's Day festivities began as early as 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, as Dublin Square Restaurant offered a breakfast buffet and many drink specials. Northrup though said she believed the downtown celebration was suitable for all ages.
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