St. Patrick’s Day parade set to roll in Baton Rouge on Saturday despite wet weather

St. Patrick’s Day parade set to roll in Baton Rouge on Saturday despite wet weather
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The annual St. Patrick's Day parade will go in Baton Rouge despite the weather that has caused flooding across Louisiana.

The Wearin' of the Green Parade is set to roll at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"Unless Public Safety officials say to us it's dangerous, lightning – we roll," said parade organizer Grey Hammett. "After 31 years we have chipped snow and ice off of the golf carts, we've had inclement weather, we had a tornado the day before, it was hot, we've had everything."

Hammett said they have estimated over a million dollars worth of beads will be up for grabs throughout the parade

The route starts from Acadian and Hundred Oaks and moves through the Garden District. It then travels to Perkins Road and down to the Perkins overpass area. The parade ends at intersection of Stanford Avenue and Perkins Road.

The parade route will be closed off around 9 a.m., and the parade should last about 2 to 3 hours.

With plenty of people avoiding outside, it may be a big year for the bars along Perkins Road, who are gearing up for the parade.

"Tell you the truth I don't think the rain really matters. I just think they're going to be more people inside rather than outside. So it will likely be busy if I had to take a guess," said Savannah Knight with Ivars. "It's our busiest day of the year so getting ready it's going to be crazy and sloppy."

CATS will once again provide a shuttle service for parade-goers.

The Shamrock Shuttle will transport riders from the I-110 overpass area downtown, where they can park their cars for free, to a spot near the parade route by City Park. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The shuttle ride will cost $4 round trip and only cash will be accepted. CATS officials ask that riders provide exact change.

A shuttle service will also be provided starting at 12:30 to take those who were part of the parade from the end of the route at Stanford Drive/Acadian back to the Catholic Life Center at Hundred Oaks to get their vehicles.

This is the parade's 31st anniversary. More information about the parade can be found here.

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