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Waveland parade goers catch food

By Al Showers – bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The St. Patrick's Day celebration started early in Hancock County. The 46th Annual Waveland Civic Association parade rolled down Highway 90 under clear blue skies.

"I heard there was a parade going on here today," said Texas Resident Barbara McCutchton.

It was no rumor. The party to celebrate an Irish tradition was on in Waveland.

"Well it's celebrating St. Patrick's Day which I'm half Irish," McCutchton said.

Kiln Resident Scott Bilbo said, "My wife is Irish, and I'm Italian."

Even though everyone celebrating isn't Irish, many have their own beliefs about St. Patrick's Day.

"Second Generation Swedish right here," Hancock County resident Karl Olson said. "Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Everybody!"

Bay St. Louis resident Sharon Alexander agrees.

"Everybody can feel a little Irish spirit today," Alexander said.

The luck of the Irish is what these parade goers hoped would be with them as they tried to catch what the riders threw.

Long Beach Resident Connie Blackwell said, "We love this parade because they throw cabbages and potatoes, carrots and onions."

The people lucky enough to catch the big food items had big plans for it, everything from egg rolls to smothered cabbage and shrimp.

There were nearly 50 units in the Waveland Civic Association's Parade. 

Alfred Tiger Harris served as Grand Marshal and Bay High Honor Student Rachel Sims was this year's Colleen.

Longo; "These girls not only work in the community and do a lot of community service, but they're also chosen on their grade point average," Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo explained. "This is your day enjoy your ride!"

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