COLUMBIA, SC — Mac and Linda McMillan wore large hats with adorned with buttons as they rested by the green-dyed spray of the Five Points fountain during te annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Columbia on Saturday.
Linda estimated she had about 25 buttons on her hat.
“World’s cutest leprechaun,” one of the buttons said.
The Irmo couple earlier had walked by Yesterday’s restaurant, where some women holding up “cute cards” scored them with perfect numbers.
“10, across the board,” Mac McMillan said.
They have hats for Octoberfest as well, his wife added.
They just get a kick out of events.
“We have fun with the young people who want to take our picture,” Linda McMillan said.
Two friends stopped by Good for the Sole shoe store in Five Points to take a break from Saturday’s St. Pat’s festivities.
“It got warm so she wanted to get some flippers or some sandals,” said Heather Hall.
Her friend, Christina Freeman, tried on wedges and different kinds of flip flops.
Hall encouraged her friend to get the wedges so she could borrow them.
But Freeman went with flip flops.
Marc Lipton, an owner of the store, said there had been a few “flip flop emergencies” by the early afternoon.
He expected the store to get busier as the day went on.
“People start stepping on each other’s feet,” he said.
Three cousins in the children’s area at MLK Park near Five Points sang Katy Perry’s Roar on karaoke.
“I like singing because when I’m mad or something and I’m bored – I sing it, and it’s awesome,” said Nyasia Wright, 10.
Her younger cousin Kaila Fulton, 9, agreed, saying singing makes her feel like she’s the only person on earth.
“You can do it anywhere at any time, and it just makes me feel like I’m in a whole different other world,” Kaila said.
Amber Alexander is a freshman at the University of South Carolina and she went with a bunch of her friends from school to Tic Toc Candy Shop on Santee Avenue.
Co-owners of the store Dee Dailey and Lynn Humphrey had put out a lot of green candy for the day including green rock candy, green cotton candy and green Pop Rocks.
Alexander goes to the store often because her grandmother works nearby and she said she likes Harry Potter-themed candy.
The day was expected to be magically entertaining as well.
“We're going to dance and we're going to have fun and watch everybody get drunk,” Alexander said.
The St. Patrick’s Festival parade in Columbia appealed to all ages, keeping the young ones entertained as well.
Kids raced out to grab free candy thrown from the floats. Cora Eberth, 2, had a couple lollipops open at once.
Eberth was mesmerized as a float of beauty queens or “princesses” passed by.
“I’m a princess at my house,” Cora said.
Mom wasn’t sure where that statement came from.
“Most of the time she dresses up as a firefighter, not so much a princess,” said Jan Eberth.
Bucky Bruce has attended the parade for just about all the years it’s been going on.
Since it started on Harden Street with just a few floats, said Bruce, who was there Saturday with his friend Karl Wilmer.
The two, who said they’ve been friends since the late-80s, wore lots of green and sat in green fold-out chairs.
Bruce had a tall green hat with three-leaf clovers on it, given out as a freebie from the parade a few years ago.
Congressman Joe Wilson complemented Bruce’s hat from the representative’s vehicle early on in the parade.
“He says that every year,” Bruce said.
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