Residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day

By Alyssa Donovan

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Green was the theme in downtown Peoria this morning as the 34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade took over the streets.

And the chilly weather couldn't keep the crowd from showing off their Irish spirit.

Peorians bundled up to line the streets and celebrate the luckiest holiday.

While many just kept it simple with a green hat or coat, others transformed completely.

And although a little nippy, kilts were not out of the question.

As the parade made its way down Main street clans of Irish families and friends played music, threw confetti and danced to celebrate their heritage.

“Irish people like to have fun, I think were one of the most fun groups of people out there and I've heard so many fun things about the parade so I said I have to go down and check out the parade,” said Nancy Martin from Peoria.

After the parade the fun continued at Kelleher's Irish Pub.

"We have an Irish band out front they'll be playing all day, we have another one coming in this evening we have bagpipers, we just got a lot of good people here eating and having a few drinks,” said Pat Sullivan, owner of Kelleher’s Irish Pub.

Kelleher’s is also one of many bars that are serving free soft drinks to designated drivers.

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