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St Pat's 2014: Parade Goers Brave The Rain

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It was a soggy St. Patrick's Day - steady rain turning to intermittent drizzle throughout the parade - but that didn't stop thousands of people from braving the elements to watch the 190th edition of Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade. The rain came down and the umbrellas went up...ponchos may have dimmed their green - but not the spirits of most of those attending Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade. "It's just part of St. Patrick's Day - we don't have snow," say Paul and Mary Sharpe. They live in Florida

and are attending their first Savannah St. Patrick's Day and say there's no way the forecast could have kept them away, "Because it's the second largest parade in the nation - we've been traveling the whole United States for two years in our RV - and so this is just another thing on our bucket list." A sentiment echoed by John Lloyd also here with family for his first Savannah St. Patrick's celebration, "They said rain or shine - so we're here - rain or shine."

Of course - not everyone could be as upbeat - one vendor says he comes every year and definitely prefers to see some sun on St. Patrick's Day, "Rain affects everything - it affects. That means there's less people - less people, less money." Those selling beads and baubles aren't the only ones concerned about the affect a downpour will have on their sales. A number of Girl Scout council staff members walked the route - trying to keep their cookies covered and sell them faster than it rains, "Our sale actually ended yesterday and the girls are not allowed to sell here because you have to be 18 or older - so the staff comes and we sell our leftover cookies to try to get rid of em." Three hundred cases in all. A stressful situation for some - others able to be more philosophical about the weather, "It's raining at home - so why not be here - it's raining at home - so we're good." And most seemed to agree.

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