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Hibernia Society St. Patrick's parade rolls through the rain

Float riders having fun while throwing beads. (Image Source: WLOX News) Float riders having fun while throwing beads. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Hibernia Society rolled their annual parade despite the rainy weather. (Image Source: WLOX News) Hibernia Society rolled their annual parade despite the rainy weather. (Image Source: WLOX News)
2016 Colleen (L) Mackenzie Irish and Grand Marshall (R) John Carter. (Image Source: WLOX News) 2016 Colleen (L) Mackenzie Irish and Grand Marshall (R) John Carter. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's the weekend before St. Patrick's Day, and keeping with tradition, the Hibernia Marching Society held their annual St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Biloxi.

The crowds may have been smaller due to the weather, but those who attended say it wasn't going to rain on their parade.

"It's just good fun, regardless if it's bright and shining or raining. It doesn't matter. We just all come out and have a good time," said Kyla Nannery.

Nannery, who is a member of the Hibernia Marching Society, celebrated her 12th wedding anniversary at the parade. Associating the parade with her wedding isn't something she says isn't new.

"So the day after our wedding was the parade, and we actually brought part of our leftover wedding cake from the IP up to city hall just to kind of continue the party, if you will," said Nannery.

 As the parade ended, not everyone was ready to stop the fun. One group of guys who lived most of their lives in Ireland, couldn't help but keep the celebration going through song.

"It's so great to see the people celebrate the Irish heritage. You always hear about Boston and New York, you know the Irish compilation, you never hear about the south," said John Cronin. "To see them celebrate is so fantastic."Cronin.

 But, attendees don't have to be Irish to enjoy the festivities.

"Down here it's a mixing pot of things. But, you have people that are from the French society, the Slavic, the Irish, Italian, all sorts so we support everyone," said Tim Cipolla.

 For most parade goers, it's not about being Irish at all. It's simply about having good clean family fun year after year.

"It's just always been fun every year that we've come it's been a blast and we didn't want to miss out today," said a parade goer.

 The 2016 Colleen was Mackenzie Irish and Grand Marshall was John Carter.

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