Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade to start earlier; bring your rain gear

NEW ORLEANS – This weekend’s Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start earlier in an attempt to avoid bad weather.

The group announced today that the marchers will start “around 12:30 p.m.” on March 11, moving the start up by an hour.

Scattered storms are expected to move across the area Saturday afternoon, according to meteorologist Jason Disharoon.

“You definitely want to bring a poncho,” Disharoon said. “Just in case.”