Man charged in St. Patrick’s parade tradition

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TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) – A northeast Kansas businessman is facing a criminal damage charge after police arrested him while painting a green stripe along a downtown street ahead of the annual St. Patrick’s Parade.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the line has been painted down Fourth Street in Tonganoxie all but one year of the parade, a tradition in honor of parade founder John McCaffrey. Several people have helped paint the line over the years, and police officers have even blocked early morning traffic in the past so the line could be painted.

But as Charlie “Tuna Conrad started painting the line around 5:15 a.m. Saturday, a police officer stopped him and cited him for damaging property.

City Administrator Nathan McCommon said the line was a traffic hazard and painting it was a violation.

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