Dublin: St. Patrick's Day brings full month of green festivities
DUBLIN, Ga. -- If you've visited Dublin, you've probably noticed a lot of green and a lot of shamrocks.
It's no secret that Dublin is Georgia's home to St. Patrick's Day!
Most cities just celebrate the holiday on the day of, but not in Dublin. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated for about a month in the Emerald City and the party is in the works all year round.
The green celebration started 52 years ago as a way to get more tourists to visit Dublin. Now, a half a century later, organizers hope to have between 40 and 50,000 people stop through town.
The festivities include a parade, arts and crafts, the balloon glow and more.
However, it is not all just fun and games. It is also a major business for the area.
"Our hotel motel tax benefits tremendously from it, our tourism department benefits tremendously from it because that money flows directly to them," said Troy Windham, co-chair of the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Festival. "And not only that but our local businesses, particularly our downtown businesses typically get a good boost in the month of March. We've been fortunate enough to have a downtown that's grown. We've had businesses come in. We have great restaurants--Deano's, Company Supply, My Coffee House, Landmark Cafe--that are all dependent on good traffic during the month of March to help their bottom line."
The St. Patrick's Day Festival kicks off in late February with the crowning of Miss St. Patrick's. From that point on, special events like dueling pianos, the Leprechaun Road Race and arts and crafts are scheduled for every week through the end of March.