St. Patrick’s Day Parades Begin

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St. Patrick’s DayReady or not, this weekend will be filled with another round of parades and revelry.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter takes us to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began in the French Quarter.

It’s another weekend full of parades and parties.

This time the streets are lined with revelers donned in green for St. Patrick’s Day.

“Every Irish woman and every Irish man waits for it all year, and then we put on the green,” Colleen McMeeken said.

Green clothes, green hats, green hair; green everything.

“You just go shopping and you buy green,” Martha Hennig said.

“Everybody else has their holiday and it’s a real good reason to drink a cold green beer,” Jerry Hennig said.

Trotter asked, “Is your beer green? No, but it’s in a green cup,” Martha Hennig replied. Trotter asked,  “That counts? That counts,” she replied.

The Jim Monaghan street parade started on Decatur Street around 7 o’clock Friday, and it continued through the French Quarter.

You could feel the energy and excitement from spectators of all ages, and from all walks of life.

“I just think it’s the spirit of New Orleans, everybody getting together, celebrating such a hodgepodge of cultures and mixtures,” Kelly Herzog said. “What better way to celebrate and bring everybody together?”

As in years past, among the favorites this year were the Abita Queen Bees.

Their elaborate costumes alone generated buzz.

It was the first in a series of parades during this weekend’s touch and go weather.

But folks here aren’t worried. The Hennig’s drove in from Texas.

“Initially when we started out we were concerned but we figured nah no matter what it does we’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Jerry Hennig said. “You don’t come to New Orleans for the weather. You come for the parades, and the parties, and the people and everything else.”

There are at least 8 parades this weekend, surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day.