Thousands celebrate 30 years of Wearin' of the Green parade
BATON ROUGE - It's all about tradition for some people who were at the Wearin' of the Green parade.
The year 2015 marks 30 years the parade has been around and for Mary Henry, that's 30 years she's been in attendance.
"It is very family oriented. I love it. Everybody gets along really well," said Henry.
Henry said she and her family set up shop on the corner of Hundred Oaks and Perkins every single year and it's like a "family reunion" for them.
To Henry, nothing is like the Wearin' of the Green.
"I like it much better than Mardi Gras. It's much safer to me," said Henry.
While many like to celebrate the parade, some come to gather as many beads as possible; and they use some interesting techniques to get them.
"It's really fun and whatever song we hear, we dance to. And we try to get as many beads as possible," said Hailey Humphries.
Curt Ritchie built a box with wheels and attached it to a ladder so the kids in his family could have a better view and chance of getting some beads.
"It allows the child to be above the rest of the crowd. It kind of keeps them safe too. And they get a lot of good stuff."
Just over 70 floats were rolling in this year's parade.