St. Patrick's day parade in Ybor City draws large crowd

YBOR CITY, Fla - Crews in Ybor City prepared for thousands of people to gather along 7th Avenue for the 19th annual Rough Riders' St. Patrick's Day parade.

Streets were lined several rows deep and balconies were packed as revelers held out their hands as beads were hurled their way.  It's a tradition that always attracts more than just the Irish

"You know, I happen to be Dutch, but tonight I'm Irish," said Martin Zonnenberg.

One the mainstays at the annual celebration is the Rumrunners Float.

Just a couple of hours before the start of the parade was jackknifed on the side of the Crosstown Expressway.  But after some last minute repairs, the float made it to the parade.

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