PORTLAND (WGME) -- Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and some Mainers are celebrating early on Commercial Street.
“We’re here for the parade,” said Sarah Squiers.
A bagpipe band, Irish dancers and pageant queens highlighted Portland’s parade downtown Sunday to celebrate the area's Irish heritage.
This is Sarah and Daniel Squiers’ first time at the parade.
“I know somebody’s very excited to see the bands and bagpipe players,” said Sarah. “He likes music a lot.”
Spectators decked out in their green gear, waving their Irish flags as floats paraded by.
Others excitedly picked out their favorite Irish themed beads and hats.
Event organizers say the parade is the largest Irish celebration north of Boston.
The parade celebrates Irish culture and shares the history with Mainers and some here are superfans of the country and culture.
“We’re really excited,” said Sarah. Sarah Squier studied abroad in Ireland and says her maiden name was literally Irish.
“It’s one of my favorite holidays,” said Brooke Lafferty.
Brooke and Elia Lafferty said they were excited to gear up in green dresses and watch the parade for the first time.
And their favorite part?
“Fire trucks,” said Eila Lafferty. “Yeah, the fire trucks.”
Children watched the parade closely, hoping to pounce on some of the tossed candy.
Even Slugger the sea dog was celebrating early.