A SEA OF GREEN: HarborWalk goes Irish for annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (PHOTOS)

Matt Algarin
Decked out in green from head to toe, locals John and Tricia Martin told The Log they couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Destin.

HarborWalk Village was a sea of green Saturday as lads and lasses young and old embarked on a day of fun, sunshine and St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Whether you wanted to take the little ones to get their faces painted or build green Lego castles, there was a little bit of fun for all ages, including free whiskey tastings and green beer.

The day’s entertainment saw performances by the Emerald Coast Community Band, the kilt-clad Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums out of Fort Walton Beach, a lively dance routine by the Irish Dance Studio, Joe Ashcraft and local favorites Continuum.

As the sun went down, the grown-up party kicked off with the annual Grogg March through the village.

More than 300 people participated in the pub crawl and Grogg March. Proceeds from the march raised more than $1,000 and donated more than 75 jars of peanut butter and jelly for Food For Thought programs, according to a press release from HarborWalk Village.

The money raised will help to fill more than 300 backpacks full of healthy, easy to prepare foods for children in need in the community.

"We are so grateful for the support we received from the events at HarborWalk Village, said  Tiffanie Shelton, founder and executive director of Food for Thought.

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