St. Patrick's Day festivities get underway this weekend -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

St. Patrick's Day festivities get underway this weekend

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St. Patrick's Day is Monday, but there are plenty of events getting underway this weekend across Middle Tennessee.

Here are just a few:

Saturday, March 15:

-- 5K "Shamrock Run" and 1-mile "Leprechaun Leap" in Gallatin
Don your green and join Gallatin's inaugural "Shamrock Run," a chip-timed 5K race, or the one-mile "Leprechaun Leap," a fun run/walk.
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, the most spirited team, and the best St. Patrick's Day race attire, and certificates will be presented to the top finishers by age bracket.
Location: Route begins at Calvin Short Football Field, located at 695 East Main Street.
The "Leprechaun Leap" fun run/walk begins at 7:00 a.m.; the "Shamrock Run" begins at 7:30 a.m.  Check-in and Late Registration for both events begin at 6:30 a.m.
The cost is $35 per person for the run and $20 per person for the walk. Groups wishing to register as teams for the run will receive the reduced rate of $30 per runner. Families participating in the walk can register up to 5 members at a family rate of $75.
For more information contact the Gallatin Chamber, or visit

-- Inaugural St. Puppy's Day Festival in Nashville
Parade starts at noon, and be sure to dress up your pet to win the pet costume contest.
K-9 demonstration at 1:30 p.m. by Nashville K-9.
Puppy play area, pet photos and items and samples from retail vendors.
Fun for the whole family for just $5 at the door.
Location: Music City Walk of Fame park near the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Sunday, March 16:

-- St. Patrick's Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K Run/Walk supporting Special Olympics Nashville
Packet pick up and walk-up registration opens at 1 p.m.
Race starts at 2 p.m.
A complimentary Michelob Ultra, t-shirts, and more await you at the post-race party.
Location: Bar Louie in the Gulch: 314 11th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203


Sober rides home

Remember, do not drink and drive. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are beginning extra patrols Friday night, lasting through Monday night.

Last year during St. Patrick's Day weekend, 13 people died in Tennessee due to vehicle crashes.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office is again offering free sober rides home for Davidson County residents Monday night.

Rides are offered Monday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at four locations: Second Avenue and Broadway, Demonbreun, Five Points and Division Street.

Since the program started 11 years ago, more than 6,000 people have made it home safely over the holiday.

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