St. Patrick’s Day parade paints the city green

By Alyssa Donovan

March 17, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The luck of the Irish created a sea of green in downtown Peoria on Sunday.

The St. Patrick's Day parade brought out giant crowds despite the chilly weather.

Hundreds of people threw on some green Sunday and lined the streets of Peoria for the 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

It celebrates Irish history, culture and traditions and highlights some of the Irish families who are from the area.

While not everyone in the crowd was Irish, it seems everyone loves a reason to celebrate.

Andrew Wall from Metamora said, "Just out around town, hitting a couple bars and wanted to come check out the parade."

David McIntire from Peoria said, “I'm going over to this guys house and then we're going to party party party like there's no tomorrow!”

Local businesses also hit the streets to take advantage of the big crowds.
Owner of Haddad's Downtown, Andrew Speck says it's another way to make some money.

Speck said, "We have our cart outside our restaurant and we're just trying to get some extra people that are out and about on their St. Patrick's Day festivities."

After the parade a lot of people planned to drink at local bars or parties and planned ahead to stay safe.

Wall said, "We got a D.D. So we're making sure we're safe about it."

Old or young, this Irish fanfare tradition is one everyone can enjoy and celebrate the luck of the Irish.