St. Patty's Day Parade preps underway
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge is going green, getting ready for the 30th annual "Wearin' of the Green" St. Patrick's Day Parade. Barricades already line sections of the parade route as residents and business owners get ready for the big day.
The parade draws crowds of people to the Southdowns area every year. Thousands dress in green and crazy costumes get started at 8 a.m. Saturday and will celebrate the holiday through the afternoon. 2014 saw record numbers for crowds and floats.
"We're very excited to have our grand opening coincide with the parade," Crispy Catch owner Tyler Pizzolato said. "We did kind of plan it to be at this point, but it just kid of fell right in between lent and the parade."
People who live along the route are also excited.
"Just getting to know my neighbors. It's one of the only opportunities," Palmer Bruno told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan. "Everybody's kind of out in the street and ready to mingle."
The Wearin' of the Green Parade begins at the intersection of Hundred Oaks and South Acadian Thruway. That's near the Catholic Life Center. It then travels down Hundred Oaks, turns right on Eugene, then left on Terrace. It then takes the final left on Perkins, where it travels over the overpass, before ending at Stanford.
According to BRPD, street closures with all streets associated with the parade route will close at 9 a.m. Saturday. All will re-open when the parade concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Also, if you can't make it to the parade this year, we've got you covered! You can watch it life on WBRZ.com and WBTR.