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FROM THE FOUNDER
“DAD, COME ON! YOU’RE HOLDING UP THE END OF THE PARADE…”
HAT WAS THE 2019 DIRECTIVE FROM MY SON Michael and was probably reinforced by Mabyn, Katie, Brittany and Spence. It’s not unusual for a close family to provide instructions to the “Old Man.” The message resonates with me on multiple levels and this is an excellent opportunity to share a thought on Issue No. 2 of The Wearin’ of the Green Parade Magazine. In 1986, I always suggested or maybe desired that this would be a marching-walking parade, possibly replicating those in the north (my hometown of Elwood City, PA) and Across the Pond (in Ireland). For 35 years we have had the best of both as our family has walked the route at the end of the parade. So, when I’m walkin’, I’m also talkin’. For two-and-a-half miles it’s handshakes, waves, and hugs with friends old and new and of course – conversation. Just as I walked and strollered this parade with our son, Michael, then seven-months of age, and a couple of years later with our daughter Katie, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce and announce that we will be walking with our newest family member – Nora Kean Maxcy. Erin go Bragh, Baton Rouge go Bragh… Slainte’
Pat Shingleton FOUNDER The Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade
P at strolling Michael during the first year of the parade.
Welcome NORA KEAN MAXCY!
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Pat making his way along the route.
Parade Group m be rs: Mabyn & Pat Shinem gl et Katie and Spence M on; Brittany and Michaxcy, ael Shingleton.
Katie and Pat, 1994 Parade.
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PA G E
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2020 GRAND MARSHAL
2019 PARADE PHOTOS
2019 Grand Marshal
2019 Human Jukebox
Shamrock Run Map
History of Parade Posters
Chance of Rain?
The Legend of Milk Punch
Show Us Your #Sign
Then and Now
ABOUT THE COVER
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2nd Edition 2020 Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brittany Weiss Shingleton; Michael Shingleton
PUBLISHED BY The Parade Group, LLC
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Digital edition available at wearinofthegreen.com/magazine
PHOTOGRAPHERS John Balance; Billy Metcalf; Hilary Schinuk
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FROM THE GOVERNOR
WELCOME TO BATON ROUGE
ELCOME TO BATON ROUGE AND congratulations to the Parade Group, LLC on the 35th consecutive Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Congratulations also to the 2020 Grand Marshal, Todd Graves. Todd represents another example of Louisianians embracing an idea and successfully furthering it throughout our state and around the world. Raising Cane’s is a shining example of tenacity, talent and commitment. We are extremely proud of Todd, his family and his company.
Congratulations again Todd on being recognized as the Grand Marshal of the 2020 Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade! On behalf of the great state of Louisiana, enjoy parade day and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Very sincerely yours,
John Bel Edwards GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
F R O M T H E LT. G O V E R N O R
S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA, I travel the state promoting and recognizing a host of places and events enjoyed by Louisiana citizens and visitors alike. The Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baton Rouge is among the top on that list. Year after year, people congregate by the thousands along the parade path to enjoy an incredible time. Now in its 35th year, this award-winning parade is an annual tradition for thousands who come to create memories that last a lifetime. The Parade Group, LLC has organized one of the greatest and most well-attended parades in this region. From Hundred Oaks and Acadian, to South Eugene, Terrace and Perkins Road, parade-goers are entertained by the fantastic lineup of floats and marching groups.
This year, we recognize one of Louisiana’s great ambassadors and businessmen, Todd Graves, as the 2020 Grand Marshal. A special toast to the The Parade Group, LLC and the Shingleton Family for starting and for continuing the great tradition of this parade. This parade is one of the great ways you can Feed Your Soul in #OnlyLouisiana. Thank you for sharing your passion with the world.
Billy Nungesser LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
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F R O M T H E M AY O R - P R E S I D E N T
DEAR FRIENDS AND VISITORS
ELCOME TO BATON ROUGE’S ANNUAL St. Patrick’s Day Parade! It’s my pleasure to extend greetings to all the residents and visitors joining us for this amazing tradition. It’s a time to celebrate our diverse heritage and a day when we’re all a little Irish. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of Baton Rouge’s most exciting events of the year. We take great pride in celebrating our residents and visitors of Irish decent.
It’s always wonderful to see the thousands of people who come out for this celebration. I want to wish everyone a safe, happy, and fun St. Patrick’s Day! Baton Rouge is a community of peace, prosperity and progress. Sincerely,
Sharon Weston Broome MAYOR-PRESIDENT OF BATON ROUGE
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FROM THE BISHOP
BLESSING THE PARADE
YEAR AGO, THE PARADE HONORED FATHER Mike Moroney, pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Central, LA as Grand Marshal. On Saturday March 14, 2020, the parade will recognize Todd Graves, Baton Rouge Native, Founder & Owner of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Todd’s dedication to hard work has grown his business throughout the United States and around the world employing thousands of dedicated, hard-working team members. ONE LOVE is the Cane’s motto, and that means much more than just the products and services the restaurant provides. ONE LOVE also reflects the dedication and love for our city and to helping those in need.
Cane’s mission statement touches on the company’s commitment to the community. “We have continued this commitment as we have continued to grow, and we work to ensure each Raising Cane’s® gives back to the communities they are located in.” And that exemplifies the mission of Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of Workers. We may celebrate Todd as Grand Marshal on parade day. We will also celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day on Thursday, March 19, 2020. I look forward to blessing the parade and being with all of you. Peace be with you,
Michael G. Duca
BISHOP OF BATON ROUGE
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2020 Grand Marshal Todd Graves and Pat Shingleton toast the upcoming parade on Halfway Day.
From inside the original Zee Zee Gardens (now The Merchant), patrons were able to see Pat and Todd after they rode the parade route on Halfway Day.
TODD GRAVES – 2020 GRAND MARSHAL BY MICHAEL SHINGLETON
HE WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN ST. PATRICK’S DAY Parade welcomes Todd Graves, Baton Rouge native and Owner of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers as the 2020 Grand Marshal. Try to imagine this: A parade without many floats, a couple of cars, a truck or two, dozens of walking groups – one actually pushing lawnmowers, only one lane of Perkins Road closed, and a fraction of the size and regard it has today. That is where we were 35 years ago. Todd Graves was 14 years old attending Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge. Recently, he described his memories as a bit fuzzy during the early years of the parades, but nonetheless he was there. “I can remember watching from a friend’s house along the route near the Garden District,” Todd said. “It wasn’t nearly what it is now, but it was exciting.” Todd is the kind of guy always looking for a lot of excitement; perhaps more than the average joe can handle. His journey after college took him to some of the more extreme and exciting corners of the world; earning money
as a boilermaker in oil refineries and as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska. Those risky endeavors set the financial foundation of what would become the original Raising Cane’s, ‘The Mothership’ at the North Gates of LSU in August of 1996. “I was there and worked non-stop,” Todd said. “We were open until 3 o’clock in the morning every night but Sunday. People knew I was the one frying their chicken, cleaning the tables, doing all of that.” Around that time, he lived just off the parade route close to the bars and restaurants near the overpass. “That was our area,” Todd explained. “I can remember Gwen and me dating and walking down through the ‘dales’ to watch the parade. There were always a lot of parties, crawfish boils… St. Paddy’s Day is one of our best traditions. It’s family. It’s friends.” Eight short years and a ton of hard work later, Cane’s had expanded to 17 restaurants total – most of them in Louisiana. 2004 was also the first year the company rolled in the Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Now, at this point in the history of the parade, the crowd size hovered around 90,000 people. It is more than double that now. Cane’s has definitely outpaced the growth of the parade with nearly 500 locations as of the end of 2019.
friendly programs and invests in dog parks across Louisiana. “That’s the unique thing about Baton Rouge. It’s full of a bunch of givers,” Todd said. “I like to be a part of that. And that’s why I’m excited to be the Grand Marshal.”
GRAND QUALIFICATIONS When choosing a Grand Marshal, parade organizers typically look toward a range of criteria: a commitment to our community whether it be through business, philanthropy, public service or faith, a deep connection to Baton Rouge, a connection to Ireland, and those that have sacrificed for our community and country. Todd checks a lot of those boxes. Raising Cane’s donates to more than 2,000 schools and universities annually through athletic programs, teacher appreciation, student organizations and academics. The company makes significant donations to more than 30 food banks and organizes food drives including “Raising Cans with Raising Cane’s.” Inspired by the company’s namesake, Cane’s works with more than 50 humane societies, sponsors pet-
WHAT TO EXPECT The Graves family has ridden in the parade more than a dozen times, but this year will be different. Todd plans to add his own unique twist to the duties of a Grand Marshal. “I want to make it a memory for me and everybody else,” Todd said. “I want to make sure everyone remembers it being a good time.” Like the Grand Marshals of the previous 34 years, Todd, his family and friends will lead the parade which rolls at 10 a.m. from the corner of Hundred Oaks and South Acadian Thruway. Patrons can expect an elaborate float with special beads and throws that’ll be unique to Cane’s and Todd. There are also some surprises in the making.
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FAT H E R M I C H A E L J . M O R O N E Y
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2019 GRAND MARSHAL BY MICHAEL SHINGLETON
HAT A GREAT DAY IT WAS! Father Michael J. Moroney led the 34th Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the 2019 Grand Marshal on Saturday, March 16th. Fr. Mike, his family and friends showered a record-setting crowd with beads and blessings on that cooler-thanaverage March morning. During the opening ceremony, Fr. Mike had a simple but – to the point message: “Have a great day. Enjoy the parade. Have fun and be safe. God Bless America, and God Bless Ireland.” It was a symbolic reunion of sorts. Before 2019, it had been six years since an actual Irishman led the celebration of St. Patrick in Baton Rouge. Parade Organizers were thrilled to get back to those roots and to further enhance the relationship between Baton Rouge and Ireland. “Fr. Mike has been instrumental in this community in the betterment of lives, families, their faith and the Diocese of Baton Rouge,” Pat Shingleton said the morning of the parade. For nearly 50 years, Fr. Mike has lived in Louisiana devoting his life to God, the Catholic Church, and thousands of Louisianians in the greater Baton Rouge area.
The weekend before the parade he wrote in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church’s newsletter: “I am sure that St. Patrick never imagined himself riding on a float or drinking green beer - all such would not have been on his radar. His only mission was to bring the message of God to all of God’s people. Maybe on his feast day we can all be messengers of God.” The morning of the parade, in what became the perfect coincidence, Fr. Mike’s green top hat seemed to match the silhouette of his caricature on the sides of the Grand Marshal Float. It wasn’t arranged and some might call it the ‘Luck of the Irish.’ Granted, he’s had years of experience as a patron of this parade. For decades, Fr. Mike has participated in the events leading up to parade weekend day and watched on parade day from the side of Hundred Oaks Avenue near the Catholic Life Center. His family had not participated, so they traveled thousands of miles to celebrate Fr. Mike as Grand Marshal and St. Patrick in Baton Rouge. Mike’s sister Siobhan NiMaholrouni, his nephew Aedan Moroney and friend Rodge Byrne arrived days before the parade from Ireland.
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GRAND MARSHALS From Ireland Given Posthumously 2019 Father Mike Moroney 2018 Patrick Mockler 2017 Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola Officer Matthew Gerald Corporal Montrell Jackson 2016 Rick Nevils 2015 Robert G. Hammett 2014 Colonel Mike Edmonson 2013 Sgt. Major Hillar C. Moore Jr. 2012 Timothy O’Brien 2011 Grandmas 2010 Michael Leahy 2009 Dick Bourke 2008 Matt Flynn 2007 Mike Rosney 2006 Harry Morel 2005 Junior Finnegan 2004 Denis Coffey 2003 Gary Mockler Early Saturday morning, their float was loaded with hundreds of cups and dozens of bags of emerald green and white beads. Not much was left six hours later. “It’s a great pleasure and a great honor,” Fr. Mike told a crowd of hundreds before the parade rolled. News of Fr. Mike as Grand Marshal traveled fast. People locally watched the parade’s broadcast LIVE on WBRZ Channel 2, and thousands watched from around the world on WBRZ.com. The celebration even made the news back home in Athea, Ireland. Eight days after the Wearin’ of the Green, Mike’s friend Rodge wrote in the Athea & District News: “So what’s so unusual? Well the convention in Louisiana and Mardi
Gras particularly, is that personnel on the floats throw various coloured beads – necklaces, with what seems to be, a limitless range – types, designs to the onlookers. Indeed the public clamour as the floats pass to see how many beads they can catch! It was very different to any other floats I have ever been on and was a brilliant encounter with so many expectant adults and children waiting for arrival of the Floats. As you can imagine the Americans do everything in style and with great panache.” Here's to another great parade celebrating the relationship between South Louisiana and Ireland. Sláinte!
2002 Ivar Quigley 2001 Mark Kelly 2000 Mayor Tom Ed McHugh 1999 Oldest Irish Club Members 1998 Richard Condon 1997 Judge Joe Keogh 1996 Bishop Stanley Ott 1995 Pat Screen 1994 Bishop Alfred Hughes 1993 Fire fighters 1992 Sister Hennessy 1991 Veterans 1990 Hab Shingleton 1989 Vietnam Veterans 1988 Don Yesso 1987 TJ Moran
1986 Judge Joseph Keogh
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
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MORE OF THE 2019 PARADE
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If you’re enough lu cky to be Irish… You’re lucky enoug h!
MORE OF THE 2019 PARADE
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M U S I C A N D E N T E R TA I N M E N T
2019 ST. PATRICKâ€™S DAY PARADE BANDS COLOR GUARD Baton Rouge Young Marine Corps Navy Sea Corps Cadets United States Marine Corps Band BAKER HIGH SCHOOL
Director William Earvin
BELAIRE HIGH SCHOOL
Director Juvon Pollard
BROADMOOR HIGH BAND
Director Alan Sharlow
EAST ST. JOHN HIGH BAND
Director Llolowen Robinson
GLEN OAKS INSPIRED CHARTER ACADEMY McMAIN HIGH SCHOOL OPELOUSAS HIGH SCHOOL PLAQUEMINE HIGH SCHOOL
Director Alan Wicker Director David Moore Director Todrick Carmouche Director Leroy Ventress Director Anthony Hollins
THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BAND-NEW ORLEANS Drum Major Staff Sergeant Keith Algeo THE BATON ROUGE PIPE AND DRUM BAND Director Bob Cargo Drum Major David Goldsmith THE CALEDONIAN PIPE AND DRUM BAND Director Stan Masinter
Congratulations Todd ON BEING THE 35TH GRAND MARSHAL! Just a bit of “Fatherly” advice, “When they’re waving and yelling at you - remember, they want the Beads!” PS. If you need someone to take the ride with you over the Shamrock covered parade route ? “I’m in…” FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT ST. ALPHONSUS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Father Mike Moroney 34TH GRAND MARSHAL
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Southern Band marches down the Perkins Road Overpass.
Band Director Taylor prepares to give the signal to start at the head of the Parade.
2019 SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY HUMAN JUKEBOX
HE FINAL ATTRACTION OF THE 2019 parade was the Southern University Band, known internationally as the Human Jukebox. They are recognized as one of the best marching bands in the nation by such publications as Time and USA today. The 200+ piece precision marching band lined up and began their trek down the 3.1 mile parade route led by Band Director Kedric Taylor. Truly they are music in motion. Their surprise inclusion was complements of Jordan Piazza, owner of Uncle Earls and Philâ€™s Oyster Bar on Perkins Road. Jordan and the Band marched the full route before turning
into the Uncle Earls Parking lot and playing a final set. We want to thank all who made this fabulous event take place. Thanks to Eric Johnson for coordinating it so seamlessly.
all Pat Shingleton, Jordan Piazza, Band Director Kedric Taylor.
In January 2020, the Louisiana OMV launched the sale of the Southern University "Human Jukebox" supporter license plate!
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THE 2ND ANNUAL WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN 5K SHAMROCK RUN BY BRITTANY WEISS SHINGLETON, RACE DIRECTOR
N MARCH 16, 2019, runners from 12 states and as far away as Canada convened on Baton Rouge for the inaugural Wearin’ of the Green 5K Shamrock Run! More than 500 registered runners ranging in age from five to 72 tied their laces and proudly wore their green on a route full of parade history.
This event wouldn’t be possible without the great support from the Baton Rouge community including Varsity Sports and Moreau Physical Therapy. Thank you to our sponsors for helping us support such an important cause and community event.
OUR TOP 10 FEMALE WINNERS:
Meghan Wilt | Hannah Amoroso | Heidi Bray | Melissa Rawls | Tina Travis | Juliet Brophy | Emily Pavlischek | Sydney Gordon | Melissa Currier | Jeanne Henderson
2019 AL UR INAUG ROCK S H A M E DA L RU N M
OUR TOP 10 MALE WINNERS:
Caleb Doan | Conor Doan | Benjamin Maas | Nicholas Taylor | Carson Warren | Justin Gautreau | Erik Wagner | Michael Willis | Payton McMahon | Jeremy Theriot
SHAMROCK RUN. SHAMROCK SHOES. BROOKS RUNNING CREATED A COOL SNEAKER FOR THE 2019 St. Paddy’s season. We each got so many compliments on them! Varsity Sports on Perkins Road will be getting the 2020 shoe in February. Will you be sporting these shoes? 2020 | Wearin’ of the Green 27
Brittany starts the Run!
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JENNI’S 6 WEEK TRAINING TO RUN SHAMROCK 5K Schedule is for 3 Days a Week of Running
NEVER RAN A 5K BEFORE? NO PROBLEM !
Follow Jenni’s 6-week training sche dule to help reduce your body’s stress and fatig ue while improving yo ur enjoyment of physical ac tivity.
DAY 1. Walk/run 1/4 mile 2. Walk/run 1/2 mile 3. Cover 1/2 mile less walking more running 4. Run 1/2 mile with intervals. 3 x 30 seconds “pick-ups” 5. 1 mile walk/jog 6. Timed mile: need a baseline to determine fitness progression. 7. Steady 1 mile and half-mile interval within that mile 8. 1 mile easy run. Time a half-mile interval within that mile 9. Long, easy run of 2 miles 10. Timed ladder workout 4 minute pickup/4 minutes easy; 3 minute pick-up/3 minute easy - it’s 20 minutes of running so most will cover 2 miles. Count 2 miles for all the kids toward their minimarathon 26.2 11. 1.5 miles 12. Long run of 2.5 miles 13. One mile really easy. Minute/Minutes - 1 minute pick-up followed by 1 minute easy. 6 x minute/minute. Should cover about 2 miles total for the day 14. Another 2.5 miles - half mile warm up. One mile timed. One mile very easy. The timed mile is just to get them aware of pace and progress from the first timed mile of Day 6 15. 2 miles super easy for recovery from Day 14 16. 2 miles that includes coaches whistle intervals. Stop and start on the whistle. Try vary intervals. Most will complete the mile in less than 11 minutes 17. 1 mile that includes 10 x 100 yard strider. Jog back after each 18. Shamrock 5K Run. You are ready! GETTING READY FOR THE RUN Varsity Sports free group training begins Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm. For details, check the calendar at varsityrunning.com
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2020 CK RO SHAMUN R L M E DA
2019 Winners Doan, Wilt, along with Jenni Peters, Pat and Mabyn Shingleton.
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The run STARTS at Moreau Physical Therapy on Perkins Road facing the Overpass.
Turns left on Magnolia Street (extension of Broussard)
Turn left onto Dalrymple Drive past Knock Knock Children's Museum
JOIN US BEHIND MOREAU PHYSICAL THERAPY AFTER THE SHAMROCK RUN FOR FOOD, DRINKS, AND FUN!
ACK FOR ROUND TWO! THE 2020 SHAMROCK Run starts at 8 o’clock on the morning of March 14, Parade Day. Participants will complete the 5K course which starts in front of Moreau Physical Therapy on Perkins Road. They’ll head north and west on Perkins, racing up the overpass to Broussard Street. Continuing with the same path as 2019, the race turns left and wraps around the beautiful City-Brooks Community Park, left again along the live oak tree-lined Dalrymple Drive, then another left takes each runner along City Park Lake. From there, it’s back up
Turn left on East Lakeshore to run by City Park Lake Turn left again on East Lakeshore to run by the golf course Turn right onto Perkins. FINISH line at Moreau Physical Therapy
Lakeshore Drive and finishes with the fast downhill of the Perkins Road Overpass. A fantastic course for all! Registered runners will wear a certified RFID disposable chip to accurately record their time. Like the 2019 race, participants and attendees lining the route are encouraged to wear green attire to support the city’s St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza.
S U P P O R T T H E C O M M U N I T Y. WITH ITS PREVIOUS SUCCESS, THE WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN 5K SHAMROCK Run is proud to support a Baton Rouge organization that assists veterans and elderly homeowners. Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge was formed in 2003 and since has completed hundreds of projects in the Baton Rouge community. RTBR provides home repair services to help people stay in their homes longer. The organization focuses on revitalizing communities and preserving homes by providing repairs, improvements, and modifications allowing for a safer, accessible, and more energy efficient living experience. For our 2020 Shamrock Run, sponsorship proceeds and donations made by runners through the RunSignUp portal will go toward supporting Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge. 2020 | Wearin’ of the Green 31
Pat Shingleton presents 2019 Parade Poster to Drum Major Staff Sergeant Keith Algeo who lead the Marine Band.
HISTORY OF PARADE POSTERS
N THE EARLY YEARS OF THE PARADE (1986-1991) simple green on white posters announced the date and location of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. With staple gun in hand, Gretchen Screen placed a poster on every telephone pole in the area to announce the upcoming event. That was 1980’s social media, and the only way to get the word out. We will be forever grateful to Martin Flanagan and the Holiday family who owned Franklin Press for creating and printing them. Many years later, in 2018, the tradition of printing annual parade posters was reignited when Katie Shingleton Maxcy designed a vintage-style poster which depicted a band major with pipe in mouth… marching with a blackthorn shillelagh. Unlike the original posters, the 2018/2019/2020 editions are meant to survive the future as each is printed with archival ink on archival paper. All posters are printed in limited quantities.
If you want praise, die. . If you want blame, marry
The highlight of the 2019 poster was the presentation of it to Staff Sergeant Keith Algeo at the opening ceremonies by Pat Shingleton. Our 2019 poster illustrated the true flavor of our parade as seen from the foot of the Perkins Road Overpass. The United States Marine Corps Band was featured predominately with float riders tossing beads to the excited crowds as well as the Shingleton fire truck that brings up the rear of the parade annually. All versions of the 2018 and 2019 posters were signed and numbered by the artist. Each year also featured 50 posters signed by Founder Pat Shingleton, the Grand Marshal (Patrick Mockler/2018) (Father Mike Moroney/2019) and artist Katie Maxcy. We are very excited about the creation of our 2020 poster by Ray Gallegos, Creative Director for Raising Canes. Our 35th Anniversary Poster features the Raising Canes’ plush puppy adorned in a leprechaun outfit. Our 2020 Grand Marshal is CEO Todd Graves, one of whose passions is pet welfare. The posters are printed on a heavy felt stock which gives them a richness to the touch.
Our online store offers these collectible posters in addition to other St. Patrick’s Day merchandise. Visit www.wearinofthegreen. com/store to see more.
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W E AT H E R R E P O R T
1993: Morning of the parade, Pat Shingleton, Bruce Weber
CHANCE OF RAIN? EH, SOMETIMES… BY MICHAEL SHINGLETON
CURRENTLY HAVE GREAT ANXIETY WRITING THIS. “Don’t jinx it,” they say. “That’s bad luck, they say.” Well, it’s still interesting so here we go. Obviously, we always want a crystal-clear day, bright blue skies, warm sunshine with a high temperature of around 75 degrees. That hasn’t always been the case, but mother nature has blessed Baton Rouge with more remarkable days than not. We had to dig deep into the Parade Group, WBRZ, The Advocate and NOAA NCEI (national centers for environmental information) archives to find historical data, pictures and quotes from the early years. Of the 34 Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parades, 21 of them haven’t had a drop of rain the day before, during or after. Record high temperatures for March 16th were set in 1996 (82), then set again in 2002 (87). On March 15, 2008 another record high was set at 86 degrees. 1993 – Bitter cold for March in South Louisiana. This was by far the coldest parade with a daytime high temperature of 46. Snow fell in Baton Rouge the Friday night before the parade. The Advocate wrote, “High winds buffeted Baton Rouge Saturday as cold Canadian weather extended its visit to the area.” The day after the parade Baton Rouge set a record low of 30 degrees. Nationwide, the event was known as “The 1993 Superstorm” or “The 1993 Storm of the Century.” Three inches of snow fell in Mobile on parade day; 17 inches in Birmingham. Parts of the Carolinas reported wind gusts
between 40 & 70mph. More than 40 inches of snow was reported in parts of West Virginia. Eleven tornadoes touched down in Florida. Baton Rouge: Sunny, dry and cold.
SOFT DAY | Cloudy, might rain later
SPITTING | Periods of drizzle, mist
WETTING | More than a mist
ROTTEN | Cloudy, windy, light rain
PISSING | Rain
RAINING STAIR RODS | Heavy, fat rain, ruin good shoes
BUCKETING | Like a bucket of water
HOORING | Wipers on full
PELTING | Stinging rain
LEVEL 10 LASHING | Umbrellas don’t work LEVEL 11 HAMMERING | Don’t go outside
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WEATHER HISTORY 1991: Denis, Kevin, Maria and Pat Shingleton
2018: The last floats crossing the overpass
3/15/1986 76 51
3/14/1987 68 37
3/12/1988 81 62 0.02” 3/18/1989 84 64
3/12/1990 71 45
3/16/1991 58 52 1.15”
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2016: Walk-On’s Float is prepared for rain every year
3/14/1992 75 39
3/13/1993 46 35
3/12/1994 67 36
3/18/1995 80 51
3/16/1996 82 68 trace 3/15/1997 58 48 trace 3/14/1998 68 40 trace 3/13/1999 73 48 2.23”
NOT TO RAIN ON YOUR PARADE… But it has rained during The Wearin’ of the Green. Based on pictures, TV scripts, newspaper articles and the information from NOAA, it has been really damp four times. And there have been a handful of years with trace amounts of mostly drizzle. In Ireland, it rains often, especially on the west coast. There are several phrases to describe the intensity of rain: A soft day, spitting rain, pissing rain, etc. In Killarney they say, “if you cannot see the mountains, it’s raining. If you can, it’s about to start raining.” 1991 – Cool and damp. The skies opened early in the morning. The spitting rain continued for much of the day. More than an inch of rain was reported at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. 2001 – Cool and dry for the most part. Nearly the entire parade cleared the end of the route before the skies unloaded. A handful of floats were drenched as they made it over the overpass. 2009 – Cool and wet. A cold front stalled over Baton Rouge the day
before the parade bringing more than an inch of rain into the overnight hours. Saturday morning started off as a Soft Day but around noon, the Pissing Rain started and didn’t let up. If your float was in the back of the lineup, you likely got soaked. 2016 – More than seven inches of rain fell in the two days leading up to the parade. It was the first of two major floods in 2016. Rain lingered through Friday night and into Saturday morning. It stopped around 6:00 a.m. No rain at the start at 10:00 a.m. We thought we were in the clear, but an hour later we got dumped on. It didn’t really let up. 2018 – There were pockets of bright sunshine throughout the morning. Many floats had prepared for the possibility of precipitation with makeshift tarps and tents covering their crew. It looked ominous closer to the noon hour, and those rain clouds finally popped soaking the last quarter of the parade route. Regardless of the weather, the parade rolls at 10 a.m. rain or shine!
3/18/2000 74 58 0.78” 3/17/2001 55 48 0.05” 3/16/2002 87 69
3/15/2003 76 49
3/13/2004 73 51
3/12/2005 79 42
3/18/2006 62 55
3/17/2007 68 39
3/15/2008 86 65
3/14/2009 61 53 1.23” 3/13/2010 68 48
3/19/2011 82 58
3/17/2012 83 60
3/16/2013 76 51
3/15/2014 73 59 0.51” 3/13/2015 77 61
3/19/2016 71 59 0.72” 3/17/2017 82 53
3/16/2018 79 67 1.18” 3/15/2019 63 50 trace
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BRIDGE-WORK UPDATE BY BRITTANY WEISS SHINGLETON
RAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS WILL SOON BE happening along Dawson Creek, but the City-Parish assures parade-goers that it won’t affect the parade route. In fall 2019, the City-Parish heard back from FEMA regarding a Hazard Mitigation Grant that would pay for improvements to Dawson Creek. The grant will go toward swapping out culverts under Broussard Street and Hundred Oaks Avenue for bridges to improve the concrete-lined section from Hundred Oaks Avenue to S. Acadian Thruway. To make the improvements, the roads would need to close. For years, The Wearin’ of the Green Parade has proudly rolled down Hundred Oaks Avenue and wrapped through the neighborhood. While the City-Parish is hoping to get the initial phase of the plans started in February 2020, the construction likely won’t begin until 2021. Transportation and Drainage Director Fred Raiford assures the community, the parade route will not be affected. “I’ll issue that permit in a New York second,” said Raiford. “We’re not going to mess up the parade.” The City-Parish will put up a 25 percent match to the $4.5 million grant and it hopes the Community Block Grant funds will be allocated in January 2020. Once that funding is secured the work will get underway.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Healthcare Condominiums Retail Stores Commercial Multi-family/apartments Hospitality Education Governmental
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Istrouma High Band with Juvon Pollard and Pat Shingleton photographed in their brand new uniforms in 2012.
A SMASHING SUCCESS! BY PAT SHINGLETON
ARADE WEATHER IN 2011 CONSISTED OF CLOUDS and intermittent rain. It was a tough year for the parade with numerous float break-downs. We attempted to resolve the difficulties and keep the parade moving. Not knowing why the parade was at a dead-stop, I garnered a golf cart and sped to the front of the parade. At the top of the Overpass Bridge, a truck axle had snapped. Steering the cart on and off the sidewalk, I moved past a marching band. The wheels of the cart left the curb and smashed a band instrument. It was not only smashed, but it was also flattened… The little girl who had the trumpet was in tears as I attempted to console her replying, “Honey, I will have a new trumpet for you on Monday…” I immediately approached the Band Director, explaining the mishap and hearing his response, “You’re Pat Shingleton, do you realize that this is the only high school band that doesn’t have uniforms?” Realizing what I had just announced to the young girl, I turned to the Band Director and said, “In six months every member of this band will have a new uniform!” Another campaign began. A new friendship also began between yours-truly and Juvon Pollard, then Band Director of Istrouma High School. The young lady was Kie’Asha Tate. After the smashing incident, a spectator told me he had a new trumpet that his son never used so the following Monday, Keisha received it. Juvon and I championed the uniform effort with an initial contribution from The Parade Group, LLC to fuel the campaign. The beginning response was slow but with some personal requests, maneuvering and a powerhouse like WBRZ-TV Channel 2
Juvon, now at Belai re High School, continues to exce l as Photographed in 20 a band director. 19 with Pat Shingleton before the parade.
behind the cause, we were just $12,000 short of our $35,000 needed for the 70 new uniforms. Remembering my pledge to Juvon and my six-month prediction, on the very last day of that prediction, an anonymous donor visited Istrouma High School and extended a check for $12,000 to complete the campaign. There is more to this saga. Juvon Pollard built a music program at Istrouma that to this day is admired. Kids from other schools wanted to be there because of Juvon and his band. But then the school closed. Juvon became the Band Director at Belaire High School. During his first two years at Belaire he grew the band from 20 musicians to more than 100. The band has performed at four consecutive appearances at the Louisiana Educational Music Association district festival, receiving excellent and superior ratings. In addition, the Belaire Band has placed first in numerous “Battle of the Bands,” from Baton Rouge to Houston, TX. They have also performed in Normandy and Paris, France, 2020 | Wearin’ of the Green 41
Kie’Asha Tate with her trumpet.
for D-Day recognitions. Juvon showcases the “Belaire High Royal Wave Band” through the region which has marched as the first marching, band for The Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Warren Drake, Superintendent of Schools East Baton Rouge Parish, wrote “Mr. Pollard is a great person of character as well as an accomplished musician. He has what leaders require to be successful. Vision, enthusiasm, organization and commitment. He is a doer! Some talk the talk but Juvon walks the walk! His students follow his lead and will go through a brick wall for him. That is the definition of leadership and a tremendous testimony to assisting and helping others.” And the uniforms? They’re still being used at Istrouma!
This incident represents another example of adversity advancing to accomplishment. Had it not been for an unfortunate incident with the smashed trumpet, I would not have met Juvon Pollard, secured the needed uniforms for the Istrouma Band and enjoyed following the accomplishments of a great band director. And what about Kie’Asha? Kie’Asha Tate graduated from Istrouma High School and attended Southern University as a Mass Communications Major. She is also a Mental Health Technician and is considering enrollment in the military, hopefully advancing to a Public Affairs Officer following her graduation from Southern. Every day she plays and practices the same trumpet that Pat replaced and hopes to join a local band to perform for parties, weddings, and events.
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Rhonda & Calvin Lindsley
Allen Kinney & Scott McDavitt
BUTTONED UP BY JOANNA ANSELMO AND LAURA MCDAVITT
ACH KREWE LIKES TO PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON their float, several creating specialty throws that the crowds adore. The Irish Club of Baton Rouge is no different. Back in 2009, the Irish Club decided to feature throws that the public would like, keep and look forward to collecting. The idea caught on. The club intends to continue producing new buttons annually.
At the time of this writing, the 2020 button was still being designed, however, they expect it to feature a leprechaun. According to Irish legends, people lucky enough to find a leprechaun and capture him can barter his freedom for his treasure. We believe dealing with leprechauns would be a tricky proposition!
To ride with the Irish Club or join in their year-round activities, contact Frances Dodson at email@example.com (225-223-8023).
Without a symbol, this button turned out “Italian looking,” so we called it the Italian-Irish button.
This collage of elements represent love, which is why the Claddagh ring is considered the traditional Irish engagement and wedding ring. It represents Love, Loyalty, and Friendship. 2014 2012
MAP OF IRELAND
The triskelion is a triple spiral motif consisting of three symmetrical swirls. It appears in many ancient cultures across Europe and Asia, but is most closely associated with Irish and Celtic art and design.
The Irish Club took a group of 32 to Ireland, thus the map, and stayed in a castle in the Galway area.
We had such a great time in Ireland we keep the castle theme going! 2016
Twisted Shamrock The shamrock symbol is unique to Irish culture and tradition. Shamrocks, though, are not to be confused with four-leaf clovers, although both can be associated with good luck and fortune. Although they symbolize roughly the same things, the reasoning behind the symbolism are different.
MUSIC IRISH Music traditional instrumental compilation with fiddle, violin, guitar, and flute. Folk, country acoustic compilation of Celtic Gaelic ballads.
TREE OF LIFE
The Trinity Knot is constructed of one continuous line interweaving around itself symbolizing no beginning or end, an eternal spiritual life. The Celts favored the idea that everything important in the world came in threes; three stages of life, three elements, three domains; earth, sea and sky, past, present and future. The triquetra is sometimes drawn weaving around a circle, symbolizing the unity of the three parts. 2018 & 2019
The Green Man is represented in many cultures throughout the world as a head made of foliage. He is also known as the ‘Man in the Tree,’ ‘Derg Corra, Viridios’ and ‘Jack o’ the Green.’ He relates to Celtic culture and can still be seen today on architecture around Ireland and Britain, usually on religious buildings. We were able to borrow a Green Man foam design from one of our float riders and use it has a show piece on the front of the float. Thus being able to spread a little of Irish culture to the masses.
Trees were an important part of Celtic beliefs and culture, so it's no surprise that the Celtic Tree of Life would hold great importance to the Celts. For them, the Tree of Life represented how the forces of nature came together to create harmony and balance. 2020 | Wearin’ of the Green 45
AN IRISH BEVERAGE
THE LEGEND OF THE MILK PUNCH
LL ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE FRIENDS and families gather to enjoy each other's company on Parade Day. Every type of food and beverage is served… some Irish, all Southern. In the early 2000’s, one recipe became a favorite of ours so we want to share it with you. It is an alcoholic drink so for those that don’t imbibe, please excuse us for sharing. We’ve tasted many milk punches. Some are made with ice cream and most, in our humble opinion, are made with too much alcohol. Raymond’s Milk Punch strikes the perfect balance. We first learned about this delicious concoction in the early 2000’s when he brought a gallon over for the Irish dignitaries to try. Every year since, we have asked him to make it for us and each year the number of gallons requested grows. People love this mixture! Consider it our little pot of gold. In 2019, Raymond made 12 gallons! Thanks Raymond!
Raymond’s Milk Pun
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WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN PARADE HISTORY
OME TYPE OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION HAS taken place in Baton Rouge, LA since 1906 when the male-only Sons of Erin attended mass and participated in a walking parade. In 1951, the Irish Club of Baton Rouge was formed to include both men and women and would be a viable organization for many years shipping in fresh shamrocks for the celebration. A green line was painted down the center of the downtown parade route. However, by 1967 the interest had dramatically dwindled. The club was in disarray. Records ended. Fifteen years later, WBRZ-TV weathercaster Pat Shingleton was assigned to cover a very small St. Patrick’s Day Parade and determined that Baton Rouge needed a better parade. His acquisition of Zee Zee Gardens Pub located at 2900 Perkins with brother Kevin, Martin Schott and Andy Ezell crystallized his vision. The following year, Pat reignited the Baton Rouge Irish Club by starting The Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Perkins Road. The pub would become synonymous with the parade in the early years and would be the primary location for Irish Club meetings and the Irish Club breakfast prior to the parade. Pat’s initial intention was to lead and coordinate the parade for a couple of years, then rotate out so another Irish Club member could take over. Over the years, Zee Zee’s changed hands however the parade has rolled on with Shingleton at the lead. The event is organized and staged now by The Parade Group, LLC which are Shingleton family members. Thirty-five years! We cannot believe that our little parade has been embraced by the Baton Rouge community to such a degree. Thank you Baton Rouge and thank you Louisiana for your support!
SATURDAY, MARCH 13 First Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls. Parade route: Perkins Road starting at City-Brooks Park Golf Course down to Zee Zee Gardens Pub* Length of route: 7/10 mile
Who participated: This was a walking parade with a few antique cars, twirlers, and scouts in addition to those friends who joined the Irish Club.
Parade vehicles lined up on East Lakeshore Drive by the golf course. For the second year in a row, parade was held up when Kansas City Southern Railroad train intersected the lineup. Krewe line-up needs to change.
The year the Parade Route changed! Starts at Hundred Oaks at South Acadian Thruway
Frigid cold parade year. Snowed lightly the night before the parade!
Final year of annual street party at the foot of the Overpass on Perkins Road.
Friends of the Parade, orchestrated by Donna and Rene Esnard, rallied to keep parade in Hundred Oaks neighborhood.
1996 2001 First Grand Marshal born in Ireland leads parade, Mark Kelly. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day festivities are cancelled due to a livestock feared footand-mouth epidemic.
First and last Founder’s Day Festival downtown. City officials tried to relocate event but crowds failed to follow.
shals Irish Grand Mar1) and Mark Kelly (200 ey (2019) n Father Mike Moro
*Zee Zee’s is currently The Overpass Merchant
Crowd favorite, LSU quarterback MVP Matt Flynn was Grand Marshal; Steve Trotter, thrillseeker who is the youngest person to ever have gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel was a special guest. 2020 | Wearin’ of the Green 49
Crumbling concrete supports on the Overpass Bridge being repaired; The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was a special guest.
WHAT’S WITH THE
FIRETRUCK? BY PAT SHINGLETON
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED a vintage fire truck around town and especially at the end of The Wearin’ of the Green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As the license plate clearly identifies, it’s a 1947 Mack that originated from the Ponchatoula Fire Department. Originally a pumper, The Parade Group, LLC took ownership of the truck in the mid-90s and had it restored at a body shop in White Castle. The truck was renovated to accommodate additional passengers and in 2002, Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden, LA further advanced the renovation and repair of the truck that included refurbishing the engine, painting, and repair of related components. Whether it’s the clang of the bell, a blast of the air horn or the vintage siren, you’ll probably hear it before you see it. Other than the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the ’47 Mack is only used for events throughout the year. You may have noticed it at Henry’s Service Center on Jefferson Highway and Government Street. Wallace O. Powell at Henry’s Service Center has been of tremendous assistance to us in repairing and maintaining the 73 year old truck. For many years, the truck was driven in The Parade by Charles McGowan and the late Chaney Joseph. Charles and Chaney provided a valuable service in transporting friends and relatives on the ’47 Mack. In recent parades and for yearsto-come, our State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Special Assistant, Dean Smith, provide the same assistance on the parade route.
Honored to be one of 14 St. Patrick’s Day celebration destinations in worldwide travel publication, Destinations Magazine. CATS Shamrock Shuttle was initiated to assist in moving parade-goers to and from the route without having to park in the area.
Mockler Beverage brings the worldfamous Clydesdales to lead the parade! Wet weather kept major crowds away, but it was a great day for thousands.
For Grand Marshal, we honored the families of the three slain officers from the Summer of 2016, Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola, Officer Matthew Lane Gerald and Corporal Montrell Jackson; Planter’s NutMobile made its first guest appearance.
Online parade store opened to sell collectible parade prints and memorabilia.
First year of the 5K Shamrock Run sold out three weeks before the event; Inaugural issue of The Wearin’ of the Green Parade Magazine; Added flags to our online store; Southern University Human Jukebox performed, courtesy of Uncle Earl's Bar. Length of route: 2.5 miles
YEARS! Shannon & Michael Anderson Andrew, Caroline & Walter
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S TA N D O U T
SHOW US A #SIGN
E Pat Shingleton and brother, Kevin Shingleton
VERY YEAR SOME NATURALLY CREATIVE AND industrious souls make signs to use along the parade route. They are designed to grab float riders’ attention quickly and most do. Generally, this is a great way to stand out amongst the large crowd! In 2018 we saw signs with our Grand Marshal Patrick Mockler’s face on them in addition to the “Thanks Pat” signs that are always around. We love your involvement! Show us your love on Social Media this year! As you upload and post your photos to social media, please use these hashtags: #2020StPats #IrishParade #ShamrockRun #OnlyLouisiana #ExploreBatonRouge
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Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.
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THEN AND NOW John Spain bellies up to Zee Zee Gardens Bar, 1986.
Dennis and Brennen Shingleton, the Texas Shingletons, 1996.
John Spain, executive vice president of BRAF, with family and Pat in 2019.
Brennan Shingleton 2015.
Sister and Dave Goldsmith, 2005. DA Hillar Moore and Drum Major Dave Goldsmith with Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums in 2019. Jay and Pat in 2019.
P at Shingleton, Carol and Jay Little at 1994 P arade.
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What makes the St. Pat’s Parade in Baton Rouge different than other parades? It is the fun, family atmosphere. It is a day when everyone is “Irish” just because they are wearing green. It is a truly southern parade that you won’t find in other areas of the country.
HOW ARE THE UPCOMING ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE DATES DETERMINED? It is always on a Saturday in March and always begins promptly at 10 a.m. Generally, our parade is the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day. However, that changes depending on when “the day” actually is. We also try to plan the date so that there is enough space between Mardi Gras and this event.
What is the theme for this year’s parade? There is only one theme every year: celebrating St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. We want it all to be lighthearted, good-natured fun.
HOW MANY GRAND MARSHALS FROM IRELAND HAVE THERE BEEN? There have been nine. Mark Kelly (2001); Ivar Quigley (2002); Denis Coffey (2004); Junior Finnegan (2005); Mike Rosney (2007); Dick Bourke (2009); Michael Leahy (2010) Timothy O’Brien (2012) and Father Mike Moroney (2019).
What are throws? Southern crowds love to be loved by the Krewes and the way this is done is by tossing cups, bead necklaces, stuffed animals and other toy-type items from the float riders to the parade watchers.
WHO CHOOSES THE GRAND MARSHAL? Since 1986, Pat Shingleton
has chosen Grand Marshals. Although the Parade Group Board now chooses them, Pat has final say.
WILL THE PARADE ORGANIZERS EVER EXTEND OR CHANGE THE ROUTE?
Currently, there are no plans to extend the parade route. However, we get requests from Perkins Road businesses to do so each year. We love the route winding through several neighborhoods and business districts, and we cannot imagine the parade anywhere else in town. What has changed over the years? Plenty has changed. The route changed. The start time changed. Television coverage has changed. Parade organizers have changed. What hasn’t changed it that it is a family event and full of merriment.
What should we wear? If you want to fit in, wear a lot of shamrockgreen. You’ll see many people in fun, silly St. Patrick’s Day costumes… some leprechauns, girls in green tutus, and we’ve even seen Gumby there. Dress comfortably. Get the weather forecast the night before. In Louisiana, we can experience any of the four season’s weather on Parade Day. Be flexible if you are coming from out-of-town.
HAS THE PARADE EVER BEEN CANCELLED? No. We’ve endured bitter cold and rain but never enough to cancel or postpone.
IF I’M NOT IN TOWN, HOW CAN I WATCH THE PARADE ONLINE? Currently, the parade is broadcast LIVE on WBRZ-TV Channel 2. It is also streamed on WBRZ.com. WBRZ-TV also rebroadcasts the parade several times in the weeks after the parade. Check local listings in the greater Baton Rouge area for the schedule. There is also a link on our website, www.wearinofthegreen.com.
DOES THE CITY PUT THE PARADE ON? No. The parade is organized and
run by The Parade Group, LLC. We work in cooperation with the official agencies and departments in the city.
Can I buy Official Parade Items? Yes. Visit our website www.wearinofthegreen.com/store to purchase limited edition parade prints, flags, cups, and official tees.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE PARADE? If you want to get on the list to be in the
parade next year, visit our website to signup for our newsletter. That is how we communicate with our Krewes. Make sure you can receive email from us this way. You’d be amazed how many people sign up only to have the newsletter end up stuck in their spam folder. You’ll be the first to receive the new parade and run information.
Della and Don Stout.
SHAMROCKS INSTEAD OF WEDDING BELLS "AND ADDING A NOTE OF PANACHE AND CIVILITY TO THE PROCEEDINGS, A BATON ROUGE COUPLE WILL MARRY right before the parade, and then ride on their own float. Real estate agent Della Neely will wed body shop owner Don Stout in a ceremony that will be presided over by – who else? — Mayor Kip Holden. “We’re going to wear matching bride and groom T-shirts—in white and green of course—jump on our float, and end the parade at our catered reception in The Caterie parking lot,” Neely says.“ Credit: 225 Magazine March 2009; Mary Helen Crumpler
UPDATE 2 0 1 9
The Stouts live in a 115-year-old farm house “with all their critters” in a small town in Florida. Della is still a realtor while Don has retired.
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THANKS! T IS A BLESSING to be recognized for a job well done. Your attendance and participation have always been a great reward to us. THANK YOU to everyone who has ever participated in a parade, watched a parade or cast a positive vote for The Wearin’ of the Green Parade in area contests. It is always heartwarming to receive 225’s Best Of Award. In addition, we appreciate Visit Baton Rouge furthering information about our “little parade.” Because of their work, we were written up in Destinations Magazine alongside a handful of other cities in the world. Likewise, due to the work of Louisiana Travel, last year we were written up by Katelyn Krulek who writes for iexplore. READ MORE
A good laugh and a lon g sleep are the two best cu res.
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WEARIN’ OF THE GREEN, ST. PATRICK’S DAY
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.WEARINOFTHEGREEN.COM 2.5 MILES STARTING ON HUNDRED OAKS
WHERE TO WATCH AND WHY
Turning right on South Eugene
Want to see the parade in its entirety, make sure to get a spot after the Catholic Life Center driveway on Hundred Oaks. Marching Bands are staged in the Catholic Center Parking Lots. You will miss the bands if you are in a spot before that.
Turning left on Terrace Blvd.
Want accessibility to dining and public restrooms, your best bet is on Perkins Road after the overpass. This area fills up very early since the Shamrock Run takes place here at 8 a.m.
Turning left on Perkins Road
As we learn about parking availability, we will post on our Facebook page. St. Joseph’s Academy will sell parking spaces. Tickets are $10 each and will benefit the Academy’s mission trip program. Tickets will be for sale in the Main Office in St. Joseph Hall (3015 Broussard Street) from March 9 through March 13 during the school day. Any remaining tickets will be sold the morning of the parade beginning at 7 a.m. Parking spots purchased in advance will be reserved on the day of the parade until 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check.
Parade ends at intersection of Stanford/Perkins
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For 35 years the Wearin' of the Green St Patrick's Day Parade has been an icon in Baton Rouge, LA. Why do people continue to return? What is...
Published on Feb 3, 2020
For 35 years the Wearin' of the Green St Patrick's Day Parade has been an icon in Baton Rouge, LA. Why do people continue to return? What is...