Bitter cold doesn't stop hundreds from taking part in St. Patrick's Day parades

The cold did not stop hundreds of people from having fun at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Grand Rapids.

The frigid temperatures and bitter cold wind chill didn't stop hundreds of people from participating in this St. Patrick's Day parades in West Michigan.  

The City of Grand Rapids' annual St. Patrick's Day parade happened Saturday -- from band members to spectators, everyone was bundled up to brave the conditions.

Several non-profit organizations, bands, as well as emergency responders took part in the annual tradition. Many donned their best green attire and tossed candy into the crowd.

For several years the route has been the same. The parade starts at Lyon St. between Ionia and Monroe, then travels down Monroe Center to end at Veterans Park.

The parade has been a tradition since 1980.

There was also a parade in Grand Ledge, about 20 minutes outsides of Grand Rapids. This year marks the 14th year the city of Grand Ledge has held a parade. It was hosted by the Grand Ledge St. Patrick's Day Parade Association.


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