St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off Friday in St. Paul

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The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are underway in St. Paul.

On Friday, the annual parade took place, starting at Rice Park and ending at CHS Field. This original route has been in place since the parade’s inception in 1967.

Even with extremely cold temperatures, thousands of people showed up and enjoyed the festivities.

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Over 100 groups participated in the parade, including the Winter Carnival Royalty and Miss Shamrock.

A Hooley took place at CHS Field after the parade, which is a giant Irish party with music and dancing.

If you plan on celebrating this weekend, make arrangements for transportation ahead of time. The Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will offer free rides from 6 p.m. until services end on Friday, March 17.