Thousands attend 28th annual Wearin' of the Green parade

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands took the streets of Baton Rouge for the 28th annual Wearin' of the Green St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday. The event  is known for its family friendly atmosphere, but this year's parade will have a special place in the hearts of one area family.

Bands, dancers and lots of floats helped everyone celebrate this nearly 3 decades old tradition.

"Just seeing the look on her face whenever they're throwing stuff off the floats...that's priceless," said Tommy Brister who watched the parade with his wife and daughter.

This year district attorney Hillar Moore and his family, were celebrating more than just St. Patrick's Day.

"My dad was named grand marshal at the half way point for this year and unfortunately didn't make it until today. Surely wish he was here, but we're going to represent him today as honorary grand marshals. We can't take his place, but we're going to try the best we can and have hopefully have a good family time," said Moore.

Mayor Kip Holden, who also rode in the parade, says the memorial floats and the Moore family serving in his place as honorary grand marshals was a wonderful way to pay tribute to a man who did so much for the city during his lifetime.

"From a decorated veteran, to the person who went out and helped a lot of charitable causes to a person who's heart is right here today with us. And we just cannot say thank you enough for a man who was so unselfish," said Holden.

Moore says parade organizers even allowed the family to have a second float to make sure there was space for all of the family to ride.

"This is typical Baton Rouge. It brings out the best in the people of Baton Rouge, and this is a great family experience and we're glad to be a part of it," said Moore.

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