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Green all around for Kingston St. Patrick's Day parade

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Cold temperatures did not stop thousands of people from lining the streets of Kingston for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Our Alexandra Weishaupt has the story.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “We are here, up in the Catskills, where there’s more Irish than you can whip a pine at,” said Kingston’s Uncle Willy.

If you know Kingston, you certainly know Uncle Willy. He's the fun-loving guy that's been kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities since they began, and this year was no different.

“This is probably the greatest event Kingston has,” he said.

About 4,000 runners took off in uptown Kingston and made the two mile trek downtown.

“It’s a great atmosphere, everyone loves doing it,” said Rick Juengling, who ran in the Shamrock Run.

“It’s very exciting,” added Margaux Seche. “There are a lot of people. It pumps you up.”

Many people sported their Irish pride with plenty of green garb. This year, many people also wore kilts. Runners were attempting to set the world record for the number of people running in the Irish clothing.

“We're going to do this until we break the record,” said Greg Riley, a member of the race committee.

The Irish fun didn’t stop there. The parade stepped off shortly after the race, and featured more floats than ever before.

“It's a good time before, during and afterwards,” said Ted Anderson, a spectator.

It was a fun-filled event where everyone celebrated being Irish for the day. The race was expected to raise about $35,000. The money will benefit funding for the new Irish Cultural Center in downtown Kingston.

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