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Burlington ready for St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Bash

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington will host its first-ever St. Patrick's Day Parade and Bash this Thursday.

Mary Faucette says the dress code for the five-hour event is wild and crazy and, of course, green.

“We hope the general public will outdo us,” said Faucette, wearing a bright green wig, shamrock glasses and a green T-shirt.

Faucette is the special events coordinator for the city and, for the past few months, she and others have been working hard on the parade and party that will cover downtown in bright green and shamrocks.

She says the highlight of the event will be a parade, but don’t expect to see any trucks or floats.

Instead, the parade will be made up of 20 golf carts.

The best-decorated golf cart wins a prize.

Dozens of vendors, a beer garden, food trucks and other activities will also be part of the day along with face painting, balloon twisting and children’s crafts.

To keep things from getting out of hand, seven Burlington police officers will be close by.

Officer Scott Elliot doesn’t expect any problems.

“We will do our best to coordinate the safety of the public downtown area,” Elliot said.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. The parade starts at 7 p.m.