ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - It's St. Patrick's Day weekend and Roanoke is celebrating!
Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke was packed with kids and adults decked out in green at the Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Green wigs, green headbands, green necklaces, green hats, even lime green balloons thanks to the downtown business Chocolate Paper.
"We're just handing them out to kids and just kind of promoting to come down and shop with us . . . What kid doesn't love a balloon, too," Maiah McNeil, Operations Manager at Chocolate Paper, said.
Balloons in hand, kids sat and watched floats come through the parade. From police officers to pirates and dancers, the parade had it all.
Some of our own WDBJ7 folks joined in on the fun.
There were also many first timers like the Brooks family, "Because it's amazing and fun!," Jenny Brooks' son said.
"It's amazing and fun!" Jenny echoed.
The weather held up. "Beautiful, so can't beat it, it's a great time!" Jenny said.
And would it really be an Irish Celebration without the bagpipes playing in the parade?
I caught up with one group that came all way from Abingdon to play the bagpipes in the parade.
"It was fantastic, huge crowd today, everybody was really excited, they cheered for us every time we came by, it was great, really fantastic atmosphere," Joseph Vess, who played the bagpipes with Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums in the parade, said.
They play Scottish and Irish music all over Southwest Virginia. Another group drove here from Charlottesville to play in the parade.
The mayor made an appearance along with the Rail City Rollers team.
The festivities didn't end there. After the parade, people danced and enjoyed some live music at the Shamrock Festival near the Wells Fargo building in downtown Roanoke.