By Jane Slater for CBSDFW.COM

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – William Edwards and his friends have enjoyed Lower Greenville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade since they were kids.

Now Edwards lives in the area and said, at one point, he even managed one of the local bars. So news of the annual parade going away got Edwards and several of his friends motivated to raise the money needed to keep it going.

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“Right now, we’re at a little over a thousand dollars,” said Edwards, and that’s just after one day.

The website Edwards is using to raise the money is unique in itself. The website lets people pledge their donation but they are only charged if the group meets its donation goal.

“Only if we get to the $40,000 will anyone get charged,” said Edwards. So the race is on!

Organizer Jake Levy says Dallas has 8 more days to come up with the money or the 33 year old tradition will come to an end. He tells KRLD he has raised the money on his own for years so its nice to see others now pitching in.

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“I feel the love and I thank you very much. For a long time we heard that maybe people didn’t want the parade anymore but they do and its nice to see people feel the same way as we do,” said Levy.

Click here to donate to the Greenville Ave St. Paddy’s Day Parade fund.

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