Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin

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Updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:59:27 EST

It's all about the green this weekend and the same is true for Dublin who is going all out for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Instead of a two day party, Dublin celebrates the entire month and calls it the Saint Patrick’s Festival. This is the event’s 49th year. Painted shamrocks cover the streets and downtown Dublin buildings are decorated in green.

"All the events are family oriented everything else we do is family oriented." Saint Patrick's Festival Chairperson Robin Flanders said.

It’s that fact which Flanders said separates Dublin from Savannah's celebrations and others agree.

"It's just so crowded, being able to come to Dublin for Saint Patrick's Day is a lot more family friendly,” resident Pam Flanders said.

This weekend's events include a bike ride, quilt show, used book sale and touring a world safari collection. Of course the biggest event happening over the weekend is the Irish Balloon Festival and Carnival. It was supposed to kick off Friday at the VA Lawn but was cancelled due to high winds.

"The last couple of years due to weather conditions we haven't been able to do it so we're really excited that this year it's going to happen it looks like," Robins Flanders said.

The balloon festival did continue Saturday at Southern Pines Regional Park with successful launches in the morning.

Saint Patrick’s Festival will continue until March 29. For a list of events, visit www.dublinstpatricks.com

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