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February 18, 2014

One of this community's best celebrations

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Getting back to our local St. Patrick’s Day celebration coming up next month, the parade usually begins about 3 p.m. and forms behind Main Street Christian Church and proceeds down Main to Third Street where it turns left and ends in front of the local Knights of Columbus Hall. The party begins at the K of C Hall at 7 p.m. and ends when it’s over. The parade and party attract hundreds of people, and each year it grows larger. The party itself features Irish music, green beer, all sorts of green derbies, necklaces, pins, and a few Irish kilts; and it can be said that “a good time is generally had by all!” If you’re planning to attend this year’s bash, you may even see a slightly oversize leprechaun! As the late actor Barry Fitzgerald might have said, “One of the wee folk, don’t ya know.”

More importantly, it has become a great fund raiser for many of worthwhile local activities. Since the start of the local St. Patrick’s Day parade and party, the committee has raised and donated over $120,000 to something like 42 local charitable causes.

The descendents of Rushville’s Irish community have preserved their heritage and turned it into one of this community’s best celebrations.

That’s –30—for this week.

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