DESTIN — Hundreds of people flooded HarborWalk Village Sunday for the St. Paddy's Family Party.

This was the first year of the event, according to Lindsay Lacasse, event manager for HarborWalk. Activities included crafts, a treasure hunt and performances from Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance Fort Walton Beach and Lucy Riddett, an Irish accordionist who roamed the venue.

"It's something for a family to do," Lacasse said. "We see St. Paddy's Day as such a big drinking holiday, and (HarborWalk Village) wanted to do something that kids can enjoy too."

She added HarborWalk normally hosts an annual pub crawl — the Irish Grogg March — but decided to change things up this year.

During the party, guests could receive balloon animals from a stilt walker, have their faces painted and sign up for a leprechaun treasure hunt throughout the village.

Attendees included Austin and Carlie Ellis, who brought their children Macie, 7, and Logan, 3, to the festival. The family was visiting from Tennessee.

Carlie, who shared they had Irish heritage, said they regularly visited Destin during past summers, but set their sights on spring break this year.

"We're glad that the kids got to come out and do something," she said, adding they worried the crowd might be too rambunctious for them, but that it ended up being a great way to spend their last day on vacation.

"It was nice to actually come down and be able to enjoy an event atmosphere," Austin said. "We're going to have fun, that's the plan."