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03/15/03

Biloxi Sees Green In St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The streets were covered in green, Irish eyes were smiling, and the Irish hips were moving.

For St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish.

Hundreds turned out for the Hibernia Marching Society's 25th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Biloxi.

Sherrie Handler brought her baby Grace, decked out in green, to celebrate her first parade.

"It's just tradition. We wanted to bring her out and let her see everything. All the little guys in the cars and the horses and the little leprechauns," said Handler.

Baby Grace also saw little queens, the Biloxi High Marching Band, and right across the street, Alton Robichaux and his family dancing to the latest beats.

"People having fun. That's what it's all about," said Alton Robichaux.

And another good thing about these parades is that you can find everything that you can possibly want from bracelets, flowers, teddy bears, of course, underwear which is always good, a garter and beads.

And friendly must be the name of the game when it comes to the charm of the Irish.

Among the crowd, WLOX found an out-of-town Irish lass enjoying the Coast version of a St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"It's just that everybody was so happy, and the sun was shining and we came from cold Indiana,"said Mary Lou Brisco.

And as the song says "it's a great day for the shamrock."

Don't you wish everyday could be as great? Erin Go Bragh.

This year's parade headliners were Colleen Teresa Fernandez and grand marshal Dean Holleman.

Biloxi mayor A.J. Holloway proclaimed this week Irish Heritage Week.

By Karla Redditte

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