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Downtown Panama City Goes Green

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It's St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, but the Irish and the wanna-bes partied hard in downtown Panama City a day early.

Between the bag pipes, the Irish step dancing, and everyone showing up in their emerald best...

"Today in America, everybody's Irish," says Bud Insco, a Panama City resident already celebrating.

The Downtown Improvement Board aimed to paint downtown green with their very first St. Patrick's Day festivities.

"It's something we've been talking about for a while and finally with the BP money were able to actually do something," said Dutch Sanger with the Downtown Improvement Board. "So it's really just a restaurant pub crawl with some stores open late having some specials going on."

Shamrocks and flags mark participating businesses. The Place is one of them and serving everything Irish.

"We're ready to party," said Edie Soto, server and bartender at The Place.

"We've got some Irish music, we've got green beer, shepards pie, cabbage and corn beef," said Soto.

From Friday Fest to Ocktoberfest, the DIB is always looking for ways to bring attention and peolpe to the downtown area.

"With the success of Friday Fest, we wanted to add something new and different," said Sanger.

Saturday's festitivies brought more than just attention but plenty of green.

"I look for things all year so I can be ready for today," said BettyAnn Gunn, who is decked out in green from head to toe. Gunn actually has Irish roots but like Bud Insco says anyone can celebrate.  

"I'm not 100 percent Irish but I'm 100 percent kissable," says Insco.

The DIB's Sanger says the turnout met his expectations and it's likely we could see another one next year.