SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The luck o' the Irish is sweeping the Gulf Coast this weekend as three St. Patrick's Day parades roll through South Mississippi. Here's everything you need to know about this year's festivities!
For the most part, Saturday is expected to be a warm, sunny day with light winds. If you're heading out to try your luck at the St. Patrick's Day parades, you may want to bring a light jacket in the morning. However, by afternoon, it should be in the low 70's. No rain is expected during the day, but if you're continuing the festivities into the night, you may want to bring an umbrella with you since there will be some scattered showers.
Hibernia St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m.
The Hibernia Marching Society kicks off Saturday with a 5K Run at 9 a.m. Joining forces with the Gulf Coast Running Club, the 5K attracts people of all ages to run through the streets of downtown Biloxi.
Afterward, the society hosts one of the Coast's largest St. Paddy's Day parades, beginning at 2 p.m. on Howard Avenue near the intersection of Bellman Street. The processions heads west to Main Street, then south to Hwy. 90. It then heads west on the highway to Lameuse Street before swinging north and going up to Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. After hopping back on Howard Avenue, it goes north, ending on Caillavet St.
St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m.
The Waveland Civic Association hosts its 53rd annual St. Patrick's Day parade through the streets of the small town. People can expect all kinds of goodies at this parade, including cabbage, potatoes and carrots to make a traditional Irish stew!
The parade begins near the city park at the corner of Central and Waveland Avenues. It then travels east on Central to Coleman Avenue, traveling down to Hwy. 90 and then east to Lafitte Street. It then heads back up Central, turning left on Waveland Avenue, where it comes to an end.
The Krewe of Blarney St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1 p.m.
The Krewe of Blarney's St. Paddy's Day festivities begin before the parade, on the steps of City Hall, where the mayor will host a Catholic blessing and a toast at 12:45 p.m. The parade then begins, leaving from City Hall on Scenic Drive and going east to Davis Avenue. After swinging north on Davis, the procession heads to East Second Street, then west to Market Street, where it turns south. From there, the parade hops back on Scenic Drive, ending at Bacchus Restaurant on Hwy. 90.
Each year, the krewe selects a young girl of Irish descent to serve as hostess at the parade. The honored and prestigious position is known as the Irish Colleen. This year's Colleen is Hanna Dawley, a sophomore at Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis. She is the granddaughter of this year's grand marshal -- Harold Dawley, a Pass Christian business owner.
For more St. Paddy's Day events happening in South Mississippi, head over to Gulf Coast Weekend!