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St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-Italian Parades Roll in March

Two popular parades will roll in March on the East Bank to celebrate the heritage of area residents

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

At Noon on Sunday, March 12th, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Jefferson, rolls through Old Metairie along Severn Avenue, Metairie Road, and Focis Street. The parade features 35 floats, 55 trucks, 13 marching clubs, and 3 mini floats. The group will throw its special cups, and, of course, lots and lots of green beads to celebrate Irish heritage. It is estimated that 4,500 to 5,000 people participate in the parade either riding or marching.

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade

A week later, on Sunday, March 19th, at Noon, the Louisiana Irish-Italian Association will roll its parade along Metairie’s traditional Carnival route.

The parade features two grand marshals, one Irish and one Italian. This year, Mike Hunter, serves as the Irish grand marshal while Joseph Lopinto serves as the Italian grand marshal. A queen will be chosen at the organization’s supper dance.

An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 participants will ride or march in the parade that includes 95 units such as floats, trucks, and walking groups. The group is known for its generous throws of vegetables including cabbages, carrots, and potatoes, offerings intended to make traditional Irish and Italian dishes. In addition to these eagerly-sought groceries, the riders will throw specialty cups, emblem beads, ladies’ panties and garters, flying discs, and coozies along with lots and lots of red, white, and green beads.

For more information on the group and it’s parade, log on to its Internet web site: www.lairish-italian.org.

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