People lined the streets of downtown Hillsboro on Saturday to view this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Hundreds flocked to downtown Hillsboro last weekend for the return of the annual St. Patricks Day parade on March 14.

Families celebrated the holiday with candy, and fun at the parade, hosted each year by Cornelius-based Murphy's Furniture. The buisness has organized the parade since the 1970s.

Before the parade, runners dashed through downtown with the inaugural Charity Fun Run by the Hillsboro Optimists and Boy Scout Troop No. 213.

The run benefits TVF Inc., a Hillsboro nonprofit which works with people with disabilities with career development.

The annual St. Patrick's Parade began in 1979 by the Hillsboro Chamber. Run by Chamber member Ruth Murphy for years, the tradition eventually became a staple for the company, which Ruth's two daughters, Mary and Kathy, have continued.

"Mary and Kathy believe it's important to provide the parade as a symbol of the hope brought with Spring and consider this community event a privilege to present," the family wrote on the company's website.

The parade was followed by a lunch of corned beef and cabbage at Sports Look's Restaurant.

For many, organizer Kathy Murphy-Hogan said last year, the parade marks the start of springtime.

"This is the opening of the season," she said. "This is the first event after people recover from the holidays and that gross, disgusting thing we call weather in January and February."

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