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Businesses, residents, and visitors prepare for St. Patty's Parade

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ATLANTIC CITY -

It's a time when everyone can claim to be Irish.

Less than 24 hours from the St. Patrick's Day parade, the excitement is building on the boardwalk and around the city.

Ducktown Tavern is gearing up for it's fifth year participating in the festivities.

And after what management said was six months of preparation and gathering supplies for an expected 2000 guests at the bar, officials at Ducktown believe the parade will serve as a pick-me-up for the entire city.

"Well worth it. It's a good time for everybody. It will be a good reason to get everybody out of their houses after Hurricane Sandy put a little damper on us," said Ducktown owner John Exadaktilos.

On the parade route, visitors from around the country are in town.

And while many first time guests may not know what to expect, they are excited for a certain St. Patrick's Day tradition.

"We don't know but we're excited to see how everything goes and have a green beer," said Deolinda Fernandes from Massachusetts.

"The green beer, sight seeing. We're from out of town so it's the first time for us so we're looking forward to the experience," said Jennifer Marcoczi of Miami, Florida.

And during the first parade since Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic City residents and businesses are happy to see the parade bringing visitors to the city.

"Around winter time it definitely slows down, St. Patrick's Day is the beginning of a new season, everyone comes out and just enjoys themselves," said Atlantic City resident Pat Lukasiewicz.

"For everyone and the city as a whole. It brings people down to walk around and see Atlantic City is open, we're ready to rock and roll for our summer season to come," said Exadaktilos.

In just a few hours the boardwalk will be covered in green. Until then local businesses, residents and visitors will look forward to the St. Patrick's Day parade.

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