Fort Smith Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Downtown

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St. Patrick’s Day events kicked off in Fort Smith Saturday with the annual St. Patty’s Day parade. Hundreds of people put on green and came out to Garrison Avenue for the parade.

"It's just the spirit of the holiday the loving of the green you know you have to celebrate that," says Bambi Clifton.

A crowd of people lined the streets showing their Saint Patty’s Day spirit.

Garrison Avenue filled with smoke after a historical re-enactment. U.S. Marshals actors had a shootout with bank robbers to kick off the parade.

Firefighters in kilts played traditional Irish music on the bagpipes, and Irish dancers did a jig up the avenue. Kids eagerly watched and waved as all the entertainment passed by them.

People we spoke with say wearing green and coming to the parade is their favorite St. Patty's Day tradition.

And the fun didn’t stop Saturday afternoon. The annual Pub Crawl began at 6 p.m.

Those celebrating could buy a Pub Crawl cup for just $5 and have it refilled at participating bars and restaurants for only $2. This year more than 10 venues took part in the event.