Olde Towne Merchants’ Association Presents the 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Sunday, March 15th at 1 pm the Olde Towne Merchants’ Association will present the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Slidell, Louisiana. Large crowds are expected to attend this great community day of family fun!

St. Patrick's Day Parade Slidell

Credit: Quentin Winstine

“Our parade has more tonnage of vegetables than any other in Louisiana” says Ronnie Dunaway, event committee member. This year’s parade will have 250lbs of cabbage, 35,000 potatoes, 50,000 yellow onions, 35,000-40,000 carrots and garlic.

“It is not unusual to see Slidellians dragging bags or carts of produce after the parade.” says Dunaway.

Along with massive amounts of produce, parade goers can expect 25 super large floats, several marching schools, dance teams, and a variety of Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess & Spongebob to name a few!) totaling 50 units combined.

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade ROYALTY:

Captain Brad Champagne

Grand Marshal Greg Kromer & Queen Peggy Kromer

Dukes: Tom Collins, Tommy Reeves, Eddie Reso, Kevin Pearson, & Honorary Duke Alex Felder

Maids: Tanya Witchen, Kathleen DesHotel, Nancy Pearson, Brandee Santini

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow a route that begins at City Hall and travels to Fremaux Avenue, turns left and goes the short distance to Front Street. From there, the procession will travel south to Carey Street, snake through the heart of Olde Towne to Pontchartrain Drive and take a right toward Front.

The parade then will turn right on Robert Street and disband at its intersection with First Street.

The Olde Towne Slidell Association is a nonprofit organization, and it prides itself on keeping the cost of parade registration manageable for all groups.

Dunaway said costs are $10 to $30 for small walking units; $10 for bike groups; $30 for large walking groups; $10 to $35 for equestrian units; $35 for cars; $60 for trucks; $185 for mini floats; $385 for regular-sized floats; and $725 for large Carnival-style floats hauled by 18-wheelers.

There is no parade theme. Instead, each parade unit adopts its own, if it chooses to. The parade will begin lining up in Olde Towne at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Registration still may be available by calling Dunaway at (985) 641-1105 or visiting him at The Who Dat Shoppe, 311 Robert St., Olde Towne.