A parade, pageants and plenty of fun is coming to Dublin for the The Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicking off with the Shamrock Shuffle 5K at 7:30 a.m. (at the Public Library) followed by the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday down Travis Street.

Put on your green gear and grab some canned goods to enjoy this day that will include Whipp Farms’ gun and knife show, the Rockin’ D&D car show, live entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, a kids play area, the Summertime Amusements Carnival and much more.

“I’m really looking forward to people coming to Dublin. I love to see the crowd we draw,” said Dublin Chamber Executive Director Luanne Schexnider. “Also as an entry fee people bring canned goods and it’s always a thrill to me to see how much we get to help support feeding places in Dublin.”

The Little Miss pageant will take place at 7 p.m. today and the Junior and Miss pageants will take place at 7 p.m. Friday inside the old Dublin ISD auditorium (420 N. Camden).

Something new this year that Schexnider is excited about is the start of the ‘Emerald Light Glow.’

“Higginbotham Brothers ordered a bunch of green tape lights and people can put them around their windows or outside, let us know that they’ve put them up and then will be entered into a drawing,” Schexnider said. “We’re branded the Irish Capital of Texas and I think it’s just something special and adds a little emerald glow to Dublin.”

Those who are “caught being green” will be entered in the drawing and have a chance to win 15 Dublin dollars to purchase more lights. The contest will be going on through June 2.

Schexnider also said the parade route has changed this year and that the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors float has been remodeled.

With so many events packed into one day, Schexnider said it wouldn’t be possible without the help of community volunteers and Chamber employees and members.

“This year we have a new vendor coordinator, Amber Parks, and she’s been really helpful with getting everything lined up for the kids area,” Schexnider said. “And Julia Broussard is just a master at decorating and design, she remodeled our float. Christopher Garza, the president of the Chamber, has done a lot with the programs helping make sure everything goes smoothly and the city is handling the parade this year and Rhonda Williams does a great job with that.”

As some know Amber Parks, of Parks Hill Technology & Marketing, was a big part in coordinating Stephenville’s BBQ, Bands and Bottle Rockets event and is putting in the same amount of hard work into this event.

“I love festivals. I truly loved working on BBQ, Bands and Bottle Rockets for July 4th and I may have been going through withdrawals when Luanne contacted me regarding the festival,” Parks said. “Luanne is amazing at what she does with the chamber and I am thankful for the opportunity to showcase our skills on such a large scale.”

It was Parks decision to change the location of the festival to the area around Dublin Bottling Works and “make them the exclusive soft drink provider of the event,” Parks said.

“I felt it was important to help give back to a business that has given to Dublin so much,” she added.

Dublin Bottling Works and Dublin ISD are donating use of their facilities for the big event.

“I think this event brings people to town that can’t often make it and they remember Dublin,” Schexnider said. “We have a hometown attitude here and I love that.”