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Graham Thompson and his daughters Elena Belle, 4, and Olivia, 7, wave to try to get some beads during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tupelo on Saturday. The Thompsons are from New Albany.

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Tina Lutz, from left, Emmie Porter and Moe Bristow, along with Maggie the dog, ride in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Tupelo on Saturday. The float represented The Main Attraction, Gum Tree Museum of Art and Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

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Bo Baxter sports an Elvis costume as he walks down Main Street in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tupelo on Saturday. Baxter was with a birthday float for his son Jordan whose birthday is Tuesday.

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Todd and Dena Ellis throw beads to the crowd during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday in Tupelo.

Tupelo goes Green

By Danza Johnson

Daily Journal

TUPELO - There were little green men, women and children running all over downtown Tupelo Saturday.

It wasn't an alien invasion, it was St. Patrick's Day Lee County style.

Dozens of people who were Irish, or Irish for a day, showed up for Tupelo's St. Patrick's Day Parade and a few Mississippi Mudcat football players joined the party.

Joyce Malone, of Tupelo, was dressed in her green duds, and among the crowd for the parade that started and ended in the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot.

"St. Patrick's Day and Halloween are two of my favorite holidays," said Malone. "It's a time you get to just dress up and be silly. I like being green, especially when I'm not green with envy."

The weather was pleasant and many who attended said they had a good time.

"I actually like this one better than I do the Christmas parade," said Malcomb Anderson, a Tupelo resident. "The Christmas parade is great, but it's just so crowded that it's hard to enjoy yourself. You have to get there two hours before just to get a decent spot and by then you're so cold that you can't even enjoy it. Here, we could've gotten here five minutes before it started and still had a good spot. And before it gets to hot or cold, it's over."

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association hosted the parade that included several fun contest along with entertainment before things got started.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Danza Johnson at 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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