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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Shamrock The Block, the first big outdoor festival of the season, this Saturday from 12- 6pm in and around the 17th Street Farmer's Market in Shockoe Bottom.

The festival benefits the Greater Richmond SCAN. [UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS: Share your pics from the festival on]

Enjoy the green beverages, music from Sleeper Agent and other local bands. There will also be games, prizes, food and beverages and an extended children's area with a large tent.

Several streets will be closed starting at 5am Saturday: 17th from Main to Grace, Franklin from 17th to 19th and all of the Farmer's Market, Parking is always a challenge but there are pay lots surrounding the Farmer's Market, and street parking surrounding Main.

Several things to remember if you go, bring a designated driver, wear green and comfortable shoes and clothing, if bringing a pet, keep on a leash and have clean-up supplies, an ATM machine will be on site and some merchants will accept credit cards. And remember, there will be a lot of people so please be patient.

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