St. Patrick's Day Parade

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AUGUSTA PARADE

WHEN: Today


WHAT: Entertainment, vendors and children's games, noon to 10 p.m. at Augusta Common, sponsored by the city of Augusta.


PARADE: The parade will begin at 2 p.m. in the James Brown Arena parking lot, 601 Seventh St., and is expected to last until 4 p.m. The reviewing stand will be at the Signer's Monument on Greene Street. They're expecting more than 100 units, and the parade will take place rain or shine.


COST: Free, except $3 to the Eighth Street Plaza area, where alcohol will be served.

ABOUT THE PARADE'S GRAND MARSHAL

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Parade route

WHO: Dennis Michael Leonard III, Augusta's 31st grand marshal will lead today's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

REACTION TO THE TITLE: Being chosen as this year's grand marshal was "one of the biggest shocks of my life. Being selected as Augusta's 2008 grand marshal is a great honor for me and my entire family and we are all sharing in it."

LINE OF GRAND MARSHALS: He is not the first in his family to receive the honor of grand marshal. He is succeeding a line of relatives including his father and two uncles, Jack Markwalter and Floyd Gambill. Mr. Leonard said he remembers marching in the parade since he was 3.

FAMILY: Wife, Jeannie; five sons; two sisters; five brothers

-- Lindsay Thetford, staff writer

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Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 03/14/08 - 02:35 am
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Once again, we have to pay to

Once again, we have to pay to be confined to a drinking area so we can buy over priced beer.

TheChairman
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TheChairman 03/14/08 - 07:11 am
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Congratulations, Mr. Leonard.

Congratulations, Mr. Leonard. Your parents are surely proud of you today. AugustaRes, please don't rain on somebody else's parade, and check out the new idea in drinking called bars.. oooh....

426Hemi
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426Hemi 03/14/08 - 07:37 am
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A. You sound as if you've

A. You sound as if you've been coerced into attending an event you'd rather not! Here's an idea: go buy some little green dye packs/bottles, get your favorite beer, oh say, Billy Beer, or some other fancy stuff at 2.50 a 6-pack. Then, pop one open, dump in the dye, and voila! GREEN BEER. You can even have green peanuts with it. And, best of all, you don't have anything to clean up; just chuck your empties onto the lawn!

GaMedic
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GaMedic 03/14/08 - 11:20 am
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FYI for those who don't know

FYI for those who don't know the real story of the life of Saint Patrick...His father was killed and Patrick sold into slavery. After several years enslavement he escaped to Ireland. Patrick credited his faith in God for seeing him through the dark years of slavery and giving him the boldness to seek freedom. Patrick dedicated his life to spreading the truth of the Gospel to all of Ireland and to truly working to help the poor, disenfranchised and especiallythose ignored by "the church." He used the 3-leafed clover to illustrate the truth of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - to the common folk (most of whom were unable to understand the church services conducted in Latin.) He lived a remarkable life of love and service. The KEY word is love, as it should be. Much better story than a fairy tale! And by the way, snakes are not native to Ireland. The "snakes" were a group of people who preyed on others and Patrick "drove" them away.

nems
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nems 03/14/08 - 11:40 am
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where is the parade route

where is the parade route

sand gnat
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sand gnat 03/14/08 - 11:55 am
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Congratulations Mike! Your

Congratulations Mike!

Your friends from the island. See you Masters week.

mom of two boys
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mom of two boys 03/14/08 - 12:59 pm
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How poor is the planning of

How poor is the planning of the time of the parade for it to start more than a hour before most schools dismiss for the day?

Aroundtown
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Aroundtown 03/14/08 - 01:26 pm
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What is up with the parade

What is up with the parade TIMING!! This is so wrong! I have always enjoyed being in/watching the parade, but because it is at 2pm, I am at work and the kids are in school. They would have loved to go, and a hint to the planners...we would have likely spent MONEY!

Archibald Pumpernickel
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Archibald Pumpernickel 03/14/08 - 03:27 pm
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I am so drunk that I can't

I am so drunk that I can't see.

insurancegirl806
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insurancegirl806 03/14/08 - 03:54 pm
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Why did the parade take place

Why did the parade take place at 2:00? If it would have been later in the day I am sure they would have had a better turn out! Maybe next year they should plan on having it in the evening after everyone gets out of school and off work. JUST A THOUGHT!

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Augusta resident 03/14/08 - 05:18 pm
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OK the beer place was free

OK the beer place was free til 4pm then it was $1. I apologize. If the parade was any later than 2 everyone would be too drunk to participate.

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reallyconfused 03/14/08 - 06:37 pm
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WHY??? Would they have a

WHY??? Would they have a parade at 2pm on a Friday when there are working people out there that don't get off till 5 or after and some schools don't get out until 3 or 3:30???? I thought Augusta was trying to bring down town back to life!!

Mulanrouge25
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Mulanrouge25 03/14/08 - 09:07 pm
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I agree with all the post

I agree with all the post regarding the timing of the parade! And I really enjoyed the true story about St. Patrick thanks Gamedic!!

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alden 03/15/08 - 06:03 am
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Blame it on religion.

Blame it on religion. Shouldn't it have been on Monday, or Saturday, since we take liberties with holidays.? I also liked the story about St. Patrick. Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't I seen 4 leaf shamrocks? Is that just marketing?

GaMedic
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GaMedic 03/15/08 - 06:51 pm
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Regarding 4-leafed clovers,

Regarding 4-leafed clovers, they are rare and supposedly bring good luck to the finder. There is an actual shamrock plant that has 4 leaves. My mother grows them and they are quite remarkable. They close upon themselves each night and open each morning. Some are green and some look purplish. Sorry, now you know more than you probably wanted to - it's a Southern thing! And marketing would be a good way to describe how the truth of the clover-St. Patrick connection.

GaMedic
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GaMedic 03/15/08 - 06:51 pm
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Regarding 4-leafed clovers,

Regarding 4-leafed clovers, they are rare and supposedly bring good luck to the finder. There is an actual shamrock plant that has 4 leaves. My mother grows them and they are quite remarkable. They close upon themselves each night and open each morning. Some are green and some look purplish. Sorry, now you know more than you probably wanted to - it's a Southern thing! And marketing would be a good way to describe the truth of the clover-St. Patrick connection.

Carol Powers
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Carol Powers 03/24/08 - 08:17 pm
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Mike! never would have thunk

Mike!
never would have thunk it back in the day!
Sorry I missed you!

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