Shamrock & Rollin’ – St. Pat's parades in Waveland and Pass
By Dwayne Bremer and Geoff Belcher
Mar 18, 2014, 17:53
The Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub hosted its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pass Christian on Saturday, March 15, with Grand Marshal Keith Voigts and Colleen Sydney Schmidt.
Sunshine broke through the clouds Saturday and the Waveland Civic Association's 50th annual St. Patrick's parade went off without a hitch.
Officials said he estimated the crowd to be around 10,000 people.
This year's parade was a special one for the WCA. It was the 50th year the parade has rolled in the city. In honor of the parade's golden anniversary, WCA members wore golden sashes across their traditional green uniforms.
"The parade is always a lot of fun for families and this year was no different," Waveland Mayor David Garcia said. "Hopefully, it will continue to grow and get better."
The 2014 parade included a total of 46 floats, trucks, marching groups, and golf carts.
Local businessman Scott Blackwell served as the parade's grand marshal and Adrianna Hoda was this year's Colleen.
The parade started at Waveland Avenue, traveled to Coleman Avenue, turned towards the beach, and then turned on the beach and returned to Waveland Avenue.
Parading in the Pass
The Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub hosted its 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pass Christian on Saturday with Grand Marshal Keith Voigts and Colleen Sydney Schmidt.
Krewe founder Dan Ellis served as honorary grand marshal. After Hurricane Katrina, Dan moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., and the krewe disbanded for a number of years before re-forming again in 2010. Dan provided help and guidance as the krewe put the parade back together.
Mayor Leo “Chipper” McDermott toasted the crew on the steps of city hall before the parade began; and the Pass Christian Historical Society toasted the grand marshal and colleen in front of the society’s offices on Scenic Drive.
For more information, contact parade organizer Robin Rafferty at 228-547-4873.