St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until March 17, but a few Coast organizations are getting a jump on the holiday — three parades are set for Saturday.
On March 17, two other events are planned.
Here’s a look at the upcoming St. Patrick’s events.
Pass Christian Krewe of Blarney, 1 p.m. Saturday
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The Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub steps out from City Hall on Scenic Drive at 1 p.m. March 11
The Krewe of Blarney will mark its 22nd year during its parade walk.
From early on, the parade was a takeoff on the Pete Fountain Halfast Walking group in New Orleans. It is the only St. Paddy walking parade on the Coast.
Through the years, only the venues have changed where Irish corned beef and cabbage is served, and each year a new colleen rides in her decorated chariot and a new grand marshal dresses in finery to take the walk. The route remains the same.
To thrill the spectators, Celtic Strutters, a group of fancy-dressed ladies in black and green, will perform the Irish jig and twirls with a bit of second lining to boot.
Hibernia, Biloxi, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Hibernia Marching Society was organized in Biloxi in 1978 and incorporated as The Hibernia Marching Society of Mississippi Inc. in 1989. Its purpose is to promote interest in Irish heritage and appreciation for Irish culture.
Allied with those objectives is the desire to experience good fun and good fellowship among members of the society who are Irish by birth, marriage or desire.
Waveland Civic Association, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Waveland Civic Association is the culmination of an idea born in Villere’s bar on Coleman Avenue in Waveland in 1964. Friends who gathered every St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate with corned beef and cabbage decided they needed a parade.
This year, the Waveland Civic Association is bringing back the popular WCA cups as throws.
O’Blarney Society, Pascagoula, 7 p.m. March 17
This will be the O’Blarney Society’s second annual parade.
This year, the society is teaming with Pascagoula’s Main Street Association, and the parade will take the same route as the city’s Christmas parade.
For details, look for an upcoming story in the Sun Herald and at sunherald.com
St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Ocean Springs, March 17
Ocean Springs’ restaurants, shops, bars and the community will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all day March 17.
“Green” specials will be offered, along with food, drinks, cookies, live music, sales and artists demonstrating their work.
The day culminates with a Green Dessert Crawl from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact the Ocean Springs Chamber to reserve a seat for the dessert crawl at 228-875-4424.