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Rain doesn’t stop Lucky Shamrock Festival in Florence

March 16, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – A little rain did not stop the show Friday evening as hundreds of people filled South Dargan Street for the Lucky Shamrock Festival.

A brief shower caused people to take cover underneath awnings that hung along the 100 block Dargan Street. But the festivities kept going.

The St. Patrick’s Day festival has been hosted by the Junior League of Florence for the last six years.

This year’s event featured green beer, food, drinks and a kids zone. Local vendors lined the streets, many dressed in green outfits.

Phyllis Cole and Danny Poston attended Friday’s festival together. Both wore green, but Cole took her outfit a little further. She was dressed as a leprechaun, sporting a large beard, hat and suspenders.

“It’s just my personality,” Cole said. “I can’t help myself.”

Spare Change performed live music as some festivalgoers watched and listened from their lawn chairs or other spots throughout downtown.

The Lucky Shamrock Festival is held in conjunction with the Downtown Development Corporation. The festival was first held in 2014, and has since been a major fundraiser for the Junior League of Florence. Money generated through the festivals goes back into the community through grants and scholarships.