News 12 First at Five / Thursday, March 13, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- This years Saint Paddy's Day has a case of the Mondays.
"During the week, it's a little difficult trying to get a lot more participants in the parade," said Jimbo Thrash, Chairman of the parade.
Fewer entries means less turnout and less green for downtown businesses.
"It's kind of taken its toll on people knowing about it," he said.
But Thrash says the line up is greener than ever this year.
"This parade will always go on, absolutely," he said.
After both the Mayors Reception and Par Three party were cancelled, businesses have come up with a new game plan.
"I think a lot of good things downtown, are overshadowed," said Bryan Mitchell.
He's owned and operated the Cotton Patch downtown for more than 20 years, taking part in Masters celebrations and Saint Paddy's Day since they began.
He's now expanding his business out to Columbia County to help maintain his business.
"There is a shift out here, definitely, you have other downtown businesses that maintain their businesses downtown and have moved out here," said Mitchell.
But he's still taking part in this years Saint Paddy's Day celebration.
"Actually turned out to be on schedule for Saint Patrick's Day," said Elaine Darcy, another business owner downtown.
The new Irish Pub is feeling the strain of a Monday parade.
"I think it may slightly hurt it," she said.
Darcy is staying optimistic even after hearing of a few key downtown losses.
"As a new business owner downtown, I'm a little upset to hear that there's so many cancellations," she said.
But it's not going to rain on her parade.
"Everyone likes to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day," said Darcy.
When: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 2 p.m.
Where: Starting at the 7th Street James Brown Arena parking lot to Telfair St., up to 11th, taking a right onto Broad Street, and then back down to 6th Street back to the James Brown Arena Parking lot.