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How Dublin Adopted Its Irish Culture

The city of Dublin outdid themselves yet again for the St. Patrick's Festival this year, with a record of 51 different events scattered throughout the month on March.

The festival started 48 years ago with only a few events during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day and about 1,000 people lining the streets of the parade.

This year, festival organizer Patrick Thames estimates anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 will be at the annual parade.

"In March and parts of February, everyone here is Irish," says Scott Thompson, who rode on a float during the first parade in 1966.

But where did Dublin get its Irish ties?

"Jonathan Sawyer, who was our first postmaster here in 1810, his wife died a year or so before that, and she was the one that has the Irish ties. He wanted his wife to be buried in Dublin, Georgia, so he named the post office here first," explains Thompson, who is known as the town's historian.

The town later named itself after that post office in 1812, and Dublin, Georgia was put on the map.

Over the years since the festival started, celebrities big and small have come to soak up some luck of the Irish, including one of the original 'munchkins' from the 'Wizard of Oz' movie and this year's grand marshal, Demaryius 'Bay Bay' Thomas of the Denver Broncos.


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