Red Stick turns green for St. Patty's Day parade

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Red Stick is ready to turn green for Saturday's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

Rows of barricades are already out near the Perkins Overpass as officers and deputies are expecting a large crowd.  

Beginning Friday night, officers will put up barricades to block off all parking under the interstate to avoid congestion. Click here for the parade route:

"Those that are coming out to this particular area, just know you won't be able to park in the areas you normally park particularly under the Interstate," said BRPD's L'Jean McKneely.

Because of the large crowds expected Saturday, George's General Manager Tony Lanata said customers will have to pay in advance.  Over the years, Lanata said business near the Perkins Overpass has changed.

"The parade has kind of moved along the entire route, the crowd itself.  In the early years, it all ended right here and the crowds were right here," said Lanata.

It's why businesses in Acadian Village, which opened up in November, are looking forward to cash in from Saturday's expected crowds.  They're scheduled to have live bands around the shopping center to attract crowds, something La Divina Cafe's Owner Lance LeBlanc is hoping for.

"This is actually our first year to have the opportunity to be a part of the parade," said LeBlanc.  "I think it'll do well for most of the day and into the evening."

But if you're not well into the evening and over indulge in the green beer, the ride home is taken care for you by the Dudley Debosier Law Firm.

"You can call Yellow Cab and you tell them, 'Your friends from Dudley Debosier sent you,' and it's paid for.  We're taking care of it to get people anywhere in the Baton Rouge area," said Elizabeth Demopulos.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Hundreds Oaks and South Acadian Thruway and wraps up at the intersection of Perkins Rd. and Stanford.

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