BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - St. Patrick's Day is Sunday. But here in Baton Rouge, Saturday is when the 28th annual Wearing of the Green parade rolls. Some people going to the parade and some area business owners spent all day Friday preparing for this weekend's festivities.
Barricades are out, port-o-potties are in place, store fronts are decorated. Folks around the Perkins Road underpass are ready for St. Patty's Day.
"It's 10:30 on Friday morning. So we're going to park, matter of fact in your spot, let it sit here. And we'll be here tomorrow in our RV, and it'll be like tailgating for a football game," said Kerry Denny, who will camp out on the parade route.
"I'm going to be riding on the O'Brantley float with Brian Brantley and company," said Christopher Jenkins. "Then I'll be joining the citizens out here to participate in the festivities."
Ivar's Bar owner Pat Quigley says his preparations are pretty basic--- make sure he's got plenty of cold beer.
"I'll just say that we do a lot more than we would do for a home Alabama football game," said Quigley. "I'll leave it at that.. I wouldn't have the numbers ready for you, but we're pretty excited to have a good day tomorrow."
While adult beverages might be everywhere you turn, Quigley says the Wearing of the Green parade still has a very family friendly atmosphere and one that attracts people from near and far.
"There were five guys from Portland, Oregon that came. Apparently they had gotten a taste of LSU football, and said we're coming back for the St. Patrick's day parade. So they were here last year, and they had a ball," said Quigley.
According to BRPD, crowd estimates far exceed 100,000 people. The parade rolls at 10 a. m. Click here to see the route http://www.paradegroup.com/route