Crews remove tons of trash after St. Patrick's Day parade
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The large crowds that accompany the
parades in the Capital City provide a huge shot in the arm for a number of area
businesses, but those crowds also mean lots and lots of trash and the annual
St. Patrick's Day parade was certainly no exception.
Helene Irwin has been cleaning up on
South Eugene Street after St. Patrick's Day parades for 15 years, but she said
she doesn't care because it is part of the festivities. Irwin said littered
roads and bags full of leftover beads is a small inconvenience for the fun that
comes as part of the St. Patrick's Day parade celebration.
"Last year, my house and the house
next door were the last two to clean up and I said, ‘I bet you it's going to be
the same this year, but then I got out and cleaned up,'" she said.
John Eby and his Department of
Public Works crews were hard at work Sunday turning a colorful collection of
discarded plastic and glass back into a busy throughway.
"Starts 6:00 in the morning and we
go until the job is finished," Eby said.
According to Eby, the job can often
last between 12 and 16 hours, as workers pick up and sweep their way to clean
streets once again.
"When it's a cleanup, and they do
one heck of a job cleaning it up. It's part of the job and comes with the
territory," he added.
The debris and trash collected is
sent to the Valley Street maintenance location in Baton Rouge and it will
eventually be transported to the landfill in Zachary. So, how much trash was
collected? Eby said when it's all said and done, it will easily equal more than
"Fourteen to 15 tons. This one might
be 16 tons. It's kind of hard to say because there's a lot of beads on the
ground still around Terrace Avenue, Kleinart, but we're getting close," he
The effort rivals cleanup after the
Spanish Town Parade, which Eby said resulted in more than 20 tons of trash.
However, as the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's idea of
festive décor…or something like that.
"I noticed my tree didn't have as
much on it as it sometimes does and I like it that way and I just leave it,
leave it hanging on the tree," Irwin said.