Soaking rain could put damper on St. Patrick's Day



The St. Patrick’s Day forecast calls for weather fit for the Emerald Isle – lots of rain.

Soaking rain is likely to last all day, said meteorologist Tony Petrolito of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C. A 70 percent chance of rain and a high of 56 degrees are forecast today.

A little bad weather won’t stop the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade or other celebrations of Irish culture, organizers say. The parade, held by the Irish-American Heritage Society of Augusta, will go on rain or shine, parade chairman Jimbo Thrash said. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at James Brown Arena and will follow its traditional route down Telfair Street to 11th Street and finally down Broad Street.

“We’ll have everything from Irish-American families riding on floats, to the sheriff, fire chief, mayor and Shriners,” Thrash said.

Antique cars, motorcycles, bagpipers and Irish dancers will also entertain the crowds.

Grand Marshal Walter Eubanks and his sister, Irish Lady of the Year Patricia Eubanks Scoggins, will lead the parade. The Irish Family of the Year is Leland and Janna Malchow and their children.

The city will have entertainment on the Augusta Com­mon in the 800 block of Broad Street from 2-9 p.m. There will be a children’s play area and food and drink vendors.

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