Green-bedecked Burlington celebrates St. Paddy

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Irish or not, Vermonters were out sporting their green Sunday to celebrate the patron of Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

“Everybody’s a little Irish on St. Paddy’s Day and everyone has a little bit of luck on St. Paddy’s Day,” said Joshua Howland, of Burlington.

For 34 years, SD Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a cement truck parade on Church St. Drivers of more than 20 trucks lay on their horns as they pass by, and all for a good cause. Proceeds raised during the event are donated to the cancer research team at the University Vermont Medical Center.

“It touches everyone,” said Byron Furman, Director of Safety at SD Ireland. “Cancer is something that’s no joke and we do this to benefit people and families who are touched by it.”

What’s St. Patrick’s Day without some Irish step dancing? The dancers from McFadden’s Academy of Irish Dance took their talents to Church St in the form of a flash mob.

Ri-Ra’s Irish Pub was also packed with people celebrating.

“Every pint of Guinness and Switchback sold today, a dollar comes to camp,” said Dan Osman, Director of Development at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

In lieu of a cover charge, donations were collected to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp in South Hero serving children who have or have had cancer.

“Our campers attend free of charge, so every dollar being raised today goes to sending kids to camp,” Osman said. 

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