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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Tens of thousands of people descended on Columbia's Five Points Saturday for the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.

"This is my 3rd one working down here, it's quite nice," said Javier Cagle.

Normally anyone would be bummed to work on a holiday where the main goal is to eat, drink and be merry.

But, not Cagle who works at Natural Vibrations in Five Points. All this extra foot traffic means more cash for the store.

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"We're probably going to do about double that, triple that. It's going to be a good day for us," he said.

With an estimated crowd of 40,000 people, it was hottest ticket in town. Kara Cronin drove from Charleston to be here.

" I heard that this was the place to be, so I'm very excited to be here," Cronin said.

And her friend, Anne Marie Martin, says this party tops her list.

"We couldn't ask for a better experience we went to Savannah last year, but in our personal opinion this is better," Martin said.

Some people really get into the spirit. Take Scott Allred and his buddies, who've been wearing kilts for 7 years.

"You ain't a man until you wear a skirt," Allred said.

To some, Five Points has a bad connotation, but Cagle said it's totally opposite.

"Five points gets a bad wrap for the violence and stuff but you come down here on St. Patty's day, everyone's having a good time, everyone's having fun," Cagle said.

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