30A goes green for St. Patty's Day (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 09:59 AM.

The seventh annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is set to roll down 30A bigger and better than ever.

Irish-born Paul Vizard moved to South Walton in 2007 from Key West, a town with many a parade.

Vizard looked around and saw there was no St. Patrick's Day parade or celebration here. Thinking it might be a good idea to introduce something to the community, in 2008 he founded the 30A St. Patrick's Day parade.

He believes that first year there were maybe 15 entrees. This year, there will be 50. Vizard says this celebration of the Irish and St. Patrick is now the largest in Northwest Florida.

This year, parade goers can expect to find a new grand marshal in Panama City talk radio show personality Burnie Thompson, who Vizard says, is also of Irish descent.

The parade this year will begin an hour later than in the past to accommodate night-time festivities.

"In previous years we ended at dark, but this year we are going beyond dark," he said.

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