The Krewe of Blarney marks its 24th year during its Parade Walk of 2018 on St. Paddy’s Day. From early on, the Krewe was a take off from the Pete Fountain Halfast Walking group in New Orleans. It is the only St. Paddy walking parade on the Gulf Coast.
The Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub steps out from City Hall on Scenic Drive at 1 pm. Any one wearin’ Green can join in the parade. Golf carts and autos follow behind.
Through the years, only the venues have changed where Irish Corn beef and cabbage is served and each year a new Colleen was selected to ride in her decorated chariot and a new Grand Marshal dressed in finery would lead the Walk. The route remains the same – Scenic Drive from City Hall to Davis Avenue and north to Second Street return to Market Avenue ending at Scenic Dr.
The parade is sponsored by the Kaptains Klub, composed of local businessmen, retired gentlemen, and those who toil with their minds and brawn. Dressed in tuxedos wearing sashes and wielding a Flower Cane, they stop to hug the folks along the way.
To titillate the spectators, Celtic Strutters is a strutting group of fancy dressed ladies in Black and Green who perform the Irish Jig and twirls with a bit of 2nd Lining to boot.
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