Capital City cleanup after St. Patrick's Day

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The St. Patrick's Day Parade was once again a tradition complete with plenty of crowds and fun on Saturday. A tradition that Garden District residents Fran Beck and Liz Spaulding have been a part of year after year.

"We moved in two weeks before the parade and people said you know you're on the parade route and I said no but y'all come and so it was a party and it's been a party ever since," said Spaulding.

With the annual green gathering, comes the follow up collecting, as in trash clean up and St. Patrick's Day revelers left a lot of it.

"We try to throw a lot of resources at it pretty quick," said East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works Director David Guillory

Guillory and about 12 DPW employees put in more than a full days tally and teamed up with several community service and work release details to tackle the leftover litter.

"To get everything clean with the amount of people we have I'd say it's about 10 hours," added Guillory.

The St. Patrick's Day cleanup efforts resulted in more than eight truck loads and three trailers full of waste and what Guillory says in the end will be more than ten tons of trash.

"It ends up being lots of debris not only from the parade but food and bottles and cans and Styrofoam and overflowing garbage cans. Your typical garbage from a parade but it's a large volume because it's a large amount of people," said Guillory.

The parade is becoming an increasingly popular event and the amount of lingering debris will surely grow as well but it's a challenge that Spaulding says DPW disposed of without delay.

"Looks perfect to me. Better than I could have done," said Spaulding.

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