Pat Shingleton: "Another Episode..."
As we edge a little closer to "The St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Wearin' of the Green" we also edge closer to a large episode of flooding rain. From this morning through Friday morning, rainfall totals will range from nearly six inches for the central sections of our state to 2 to 4 inches in Baton Rouge. The culprit is a sluggish low that won't bridge to the northwest of us until Friday. Additional parade and weather information can be found on: facebook.com/irishparade and an opportunity to sign up for the newsletter at paradegroup.com. Every year we seem to tangle with possible inclement weather just before parade day. Traditionally the parade is scheduled on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. We adjust the schedules when the parade falls on the 17th. On one other occasion in the last 31 years we moved the parade to the 19th of March, to assist Baton Rouge’s finest, B.R.P.D., with a two week relief from Mardi Gras season that was a little late in 2010. Our partner Grey Hammett and I have always pegged this as a “rain or shine” event, noting that there have been tricky moments over these many years where we dodged some rough stuff, and I’m not referring to potatoes and cabbages. I remember the night before the parade in 1993 when my brother Denis and I were enjoying some Giamanco’s oysters as snow flakes were falling outside with a mixture of sleet. The next day it was cold but clear.