Decades Long St. Patrick’s Day Tradition Continues In Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The City of Jamestown continued a decades long tradition Saturday dyeing a river green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Alongside Chicago and Tampa Bay, Jamestown is one of only three communities nationwide to foster Irish magic by dyeing a river green.

Over one hundred people lined the banks of the Chadakoin River to cheer on a local leprechaun, who waving his shillelagh, spread St. Patrick’s Day magic.

“On top of the cold, everyone was very warm hearted,” explained Edie Parkhurst.

“It’s a great day for people that are Irish descent, and everybody else,” continued Gary Masters. “It’s a very festive place today, a lot of people dressed in green, people dancing Irish jigs, we had a good time.”

“It’s a very happy time,” agreed Gary’s wife, Pauline Masters.

In addition to dyeing the river green, a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, kids’ activities and a dance-cheer show also took place in celebration of the Celtic holiday.


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