Grand Marshals

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2014Colonel Michael D Edmunson

 

“Every year, people get married on the route,” Shingleton said.  3/14/2014 Advocate

Colonel Michael D. Edmonson was our 2014 Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshal. Mike has walked many “fields of green” as the Head of Security for all LSU Football Games and each LSU Football Coach from Jerry Stovall to Les Miles. Appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as the 25th Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police in January, 2008, Mike has served the State of Louisiana in numerous capacities with distinction.  Joining him on his Official Float were his wife Suzanne and their four children, who also bear traditional Irish names: Brittney, Casey, Michael and Cade.

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2014 Color Guard
US Marine Corps Band / Baton Rouge Young Marines / Navy Sea Cadets

2014 Bands
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums /  Celtic Society of Louisiana Pipe & Drum Band /  Louisiana Leadership Band / McMain High School (New Orleans, LA) / Opelousas High School / Tara High  School / Wossman High School (Monroe, LA)

2014 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / CAT Industries / COREGSRCHappy’s Irish Pub / Hillar Moore /  Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s  /  YP / Brian Wilson, Assessor

 

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2013Hillar Moore, Jr.

 

"Saturday's ride will be a bittersweet one for the Hillar C. Moore family." 3/15/2013

Close to Halfway Day* in 2012 the Moore Family gathered for an announcement at IVARS Sports Bar & Pub.  Sergeant Major Moore thought he was there for his son, District Attorney Hillar Moore, to be recognized as the 2013 Grand Marshal of the Wearin’ of the Green Parade. However, it was he who had been selected!  Pat Shingleton, Grey Hammett, the Parade families and the entire Moore family surprised him with the announcement.

Sergeant Major Moore was a proud 30-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having landed and fought on Iwo Jima, Guam and Saipan. In the early 1970s, Hillar helped establish the Choctaw Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League. As unassuming as he was generous, Hillar’s strength of character and commitment to worthy causes reflected his dedication to God, country, family and community. He was constantly involved in civic and charitable events, making positive impact on our community.

Though the surprise was great, we were struck by the timeliness of it all when he became sick and died a month later. His family rode in the parade in honor of him in the 2013 Parade.

 

Denis Coffey/Gene McFadden Hammett, Memorial Grand Marshal Float –
In honor of two former Grand Marshals, The Parade Group, LLC constructed a Grand Marshal float to carry all future honorees.  It was christened in honor of Hillar as it made its debut ride with the Moore family aboard.

*Halfway Day is mid-September and is half way to the next parade!!

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2013 Color Guard
United States Marine Corps Band, Sea Corps Cadets, Young Marine Corps

2013 Bands 
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums /    Louisiana Leadership Band / McMain High School (New Orleans, LA) / Opelousas High School / / Tara High School / Walker  High School / Wossman High School (Monroe, LA)

2013 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / Celtic Cowboys / COREGSRCHappy’s Irish Pub / / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Richard’s Honda / Rockstar Racing / Schlittz & Giggles / State Capitol Raceway / The Roux House / Walk-On’s / Brian Wilson, Assessor

 

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2012Timothy O'Brien

 

“Baton Rouge Parades Get Shorter”   Headline 2/14/2012 Advocate

From Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, our 2012 Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshal Timothy J. O’Brien was a close friend and business partner of Denis Coffey. Recommended by Mike Rosney, Dick Bourke, Ivar Quigley and Junior Finnegan, Tim-O of the Certified Accounting Firm of O’Brien and Coffey was the ideal choice.

Also enlightening 2012, was invited guest Casino Magistrate Dave Buckels of Las Vegas.

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2012 Color Guard
ROTC Color Guard / US Marine Corps Band / Navy Sea Corps Cadets / BR Chapter of The Young Marines

2012 Bands 
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Celtic Society /  Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums / Baker High School / Broadmoor High School / Donaldsonville High School  / Hammond High School / Istrouma High School / Opelousas High School / Plaquemine High School /  Siegel High School (TN) / Tara High School / Walker  High School

2012 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / AT&T Advertising Solutions / CORE / GSRCHappy’s Irish Pub / Hall of Fame Bar / K & M Auto / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Richards Honda / RN Companies / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s / Brian Wilson Assessor

 

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2011Grandma's (Gene Hammett and Shirley Price Shingleton)

 

"The grand marshals will be the mothers of the two long-time parade organizers."  3/18/2011 Advocate

The Grand-Matriarchs of the Hammett and Shingleton families were our Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshals for 2011.  They were affectionately known as Mother and Grandma, respectively.  Gene arrived from her home town of Shreveport and Shirley from Ellwood City, PA. The short week grew into a family reunion with both ladies being serenaded multiple times by our Irish contingency.

Dignitaries
Mayor Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2011 Color Guard
ROTC Color Guard / US Marine Corps Band / US Navy Band / Navy Sea Corps Cadets / BR Chapter of The Young Marines

2011 Bands 
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums / Baker High School / Broadmoor High School / Donaldsonville High School  / Hammond High School / Istrouma High School / Opelousas High School / Plaquemine High School /  Siegel High School (TN) / Tara High School / Walker  High School / Wossman High School (Monroe, LA)

2011 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / GSRCHappy’s Irish Pub / Hunter Green / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s / Brian Wilson, Assessor

 

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2010Michael Leahy

 

“How did Mikey Traintracks end up heading up a parade in Baton Rouge?”
3/14/2010 Advocate                                                                                                                                

Our 25th Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal was Michael Leahey from Killarney, Ireland. Known as Mikey Traintracks, he got his nickname due to his occupation.  Leahy, a retired Irish railway station manager, was selected by our Killarney Contingency. Traintracks said he was treated like royalty throughout his Louisiana parade trip. "I'd been told what to expect but I didn't dream to see all of this! The enthusiasm of the people on the floats and all these people! Words just can't describe it."

Turner Award
In recognition of their long standing support of the parade, Thomas and Sari Turner were surprised with a special award, banner and flowers.

Special Appearance
Sparky the Fire Dog

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2010 Color Guard
US Marine Corps Band

2010 Bands
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and DrumsCeltic Society of Louisiana Pipe & Drum Band / Baker High Band / Broadmoor High Band / Brusly High Band / Christian Life Band / East St. John Band / Hammond High Band / Opelousas High School / Plaquemine High Band / St. Michael’s Band / Walker High Band

2010 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises /  AT&T  / GSRCHappy’s Irish PubMockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s 

 

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2009Dick Bourke

 

“It’s a family event and we’re honoring the Irish heritage, so we’re glad to do it.”
Marty Bergen, Celtic Society Pipe and Drum Corps  3/15/2009 Advocate

As Chairman of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, our 2009 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal Dick Bourke was an outstanding representative of Ireland.  Dick has been associated with some of Ireland’s leading hotels including the Shelbourne Hotel, the Great Southern Hotels in Galway and Parknasilla, Jury’s Hotel Cork and Jury’s Hotel Ballsbridge, which he managed from 1995 until 2007. A Council member and former President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Dick is a board member of the Dublin Tourist Authority and Failte Ireland. He is now a Director of the Irish Tourism Industry Federation and a Fellow of the Irish Hospitality Institute.

Special Appearance
If you were at the parade, you mustard seen the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. If not, look through our photos to ketchup! We were hotdoggity excited to have them join us!

Dignataries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2009 Color Guard
US Navy Corps Band

2009 Bands
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and DrumsCeltic Society of Louisiana Pipe & Drum Band / Baker High Band / Broadmoor High Band / Brusly High Band / East St. John Band / Opelousas High School / Scotlandville High Band / Southern High Band / St. Michael High Band / Tara High  School / Walker High Band / Wossman High School (Monroe, LA)

2009 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / Campus Crossings /  GSRCHappy’s Irish Pub / Lee Domingue for State Senate /  Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s  /  YP / Brian Wilson, Assessor

 

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2008Matt Flynn

 

“Former quarterback Matt Flynn will reign Saturday…”  3/14/2008 Daily Reville

Our 23rd Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal was former LSU Tiger Quarterback, Matt Flynn. A crowd favorite, Flynn was recognized as Most Valuable Player twice during his collegiate football career. After the parade, he joined the celebration on the stage at Ivars.

Special Appearance Steve Trotter of Rhode Island is a daredevil thrill-seeker who was the youngest person to ever have gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Dignitaries
Mayor Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2008 Color Guard
US Navy Band

2008 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums / Baker High School / Broadmoor High School / East St. John High Band (Reserve, LA) / St. Michael the Archangel High Band

2008 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / Allied Waste / AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / Happy’s Irish Pub / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Phil Brady’s / Schlittz & Giggles / The Roux House / Walk-On’s

 

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2007Mike Rosney

 

“I can’t imagine who is mean enough to object to that parade!”
72-year-old long-time Perkins Road Resident  2/21/1995 Advocate

Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal for 2007 was Michael Rosney from across the Pond. Rosney and his wife, Geraldine, own a charming little hotel in Killarney named the Killeen House. They say that it is “the place God made when he was in good humour.”

Dignataries
Mayor Kip Holden and Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2007 Color Guard
United States Marine Corps Band

2007 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Celtic Society of Baton Rouge /  Kentwood High School /   Opelousas High School / St. Michael the ArchAngel High School / Walker  High School

2007 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / AT&T Joined with BellSouth / Daniel A. Claitor for District Attorney /  Farris & Associates / Sid Gautreaux for Sheriff / Happy’s Irish Pub / Hillar Moore for District Attorney / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / The NeuroMedical Center / Schlittz & Giggles / Saurage Realtors / The Roux House / Walk-On’s

 

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2006DA Harry Morel

 

“We’re hoping that our newest residents (displaced New Orleanians) will attend, as well as people who moved back there.”
Pat Shingleton 3/17/2006 Advocate (In reference to Hurricane Katrina)

The 2006 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal was former St. Charles Parish District Attorney District Attorney Harry Morel. Recognizing all that New Orleans endured through Hurricane Katrina, the selection committee desired to call further recognition to what the Irish have accomplished and contributed to New Orleans especially with the construction of the Irish Channel. We celebrate our ties with New Orleans.

Morel is the founder of the "Four Leaf Clover" Society, an organization that attends numerous banquets and benefits by reciting Irish poems, jokes and odes.

Special Guests
We proudly recognized the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a national group of Irishmen who do philanthropic work.

Dignitaries
Mayor Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2006 Color Guard
US Marine Corps Band

2006 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Belaire High Band / East St. John High Band (Reserve, LA) / Point Coupee Central High Band / St. Michael the Archangel High Band / St. Helena High Band / West Feliciana High Band

2006 Corporate Sponsors
AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / Mockler Beverage Budweiser /  Walk-On’s

 

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2005Junior Finnegan

 

“Having the guys from Ireland has added a tremendous dimension to the parade.”
Pat Shingleton  March 2005  InRegister

The 2005 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal Thomas “Junior” Finnegan was from Killarney, Ireland. He was the fourth of his countrymen (Kelly, Quigley and Coffee) to lead the parade. He is the former captain of the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and has visited Baton Rouge on numerous occasions.

Special Event – Tiffani Reynolds was proposed to with a sign that read, “Tiffani will you marry me?,” by her boyfriend Michael Gautreau atop a float.

Special Appearance – Robert Sherman, puppeteer, participated in the parade with his giant walking Leprechaun puppets.  

Dignitaries
Mayor Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

2005 Color Guard
US Navy Corps Band

2005 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Kentwood High Band /  St. Michael the Archangel High Band / Sunrise Brass Band / Walker High Band

2005 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Waste / AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / Cancer Services / Churchills / Church of the Highlands /  Mockler Beverage BudweiserWalk-On’s

 

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2004Dennis Coffey

 

"Raconteur and traditional singer Grand Marshal Denis Coffey."  2/12/2004  Advocate 

The 2004 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal was Denis Coffey of Aghadoe Heights, Killarney, Ireland. Self-described as a “raconteur and traditional singer,” Coffey is an accountant who loves golf.

Junior Finnegan and Seamus Balata O’Connor accompanied him from the Motherland. Junior (See Grand Marshal 2005) brought a traditional corsage of live shamrocks for all of the organizers. You will see those in many of the photographs.

Dignitaries
Mayor Bobby Simpson and wife, Allison
Bishop Robert Muench

2004 Color Guard
US Marine Corps Band

2004 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Belaire High Band / Louisiana Leadership Academy / Sunrise Brass Band / Walker High Band

2004 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Waste / AT&T The Real Yellow Pages / Davis Law Firm / Hibernia / Raising Cane’s / Church of the Highlands /  McGlynn, Glisson & Koch / Mockler Beverage BudweiserWalk-On’s

 

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2003Gary Mockler

 

“The 18th annual Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade…”  3/14/2003  Advocate

The 2003 Grand Marshal for the Wearin’ of the Green Parade was Gary Mockler, President of Mocker Beverage Budweiser. Beer Aficionado Mockler, along with his two sons, purchased Southern Beverage Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch and made it the dominant force it is in Baton Rouge today.

2003 Krewe Notes: The Bogan Clan, Lucky Irish Duck Hunters, Krewe of Crazed Celts, Krewe De Brewe,  Le Cercle de Bacchus, O’Brien Family, Krewe of Lepardchauns, Krewe of Dublins, Krewe of No Clue, Lush of the Irish  and the Krewe of Who?

Dignataries
Mayor-President Bobby Simpson and Alice
Bishop Robert Muench

Color Guard
US Navy Corps Band

2003 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Tara High School Band / Sunrise Brass Band

2003 Corporate Sponsors
Hibernia National Bank /  McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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2002Ivar Quigley

 

“If you can’t find a party at this parade, something’s wrong.” 
Pat Shingleton 3/15/2002 Advocate 

Our 2002 Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshal was Ivar Quigley, a native of Offely, County Clara, Ireland. Ivar’s Sports Bar & Pub was named after him by the original owner, his son Pat Quigley (sold the bar in 2014).

Dignataries
Mayor-President Kip Holden and wife, Lois
Bishop Robert Muench

Color Guard
US Navy Band

2002 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Catholic High Drum Line / Sunrise Brass Band

2002 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / Argosy Casino / Bob Dean Classic Properties / Davis Law Firm / Guaranty Corporation / Keller Williams Realty /  LA Restaurant Association / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / PODS / Sealy & Falgoust / Sonic Drive-In / Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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2001Mark Kelly

 

“This is the first time they’re canceling the parades <in Ireland> since the wars.”
Mark Kelly, Grand Marshal from Dublin  3/18/2001 Advocate

In the midst of Ireland cancelling all St. Patrick’s Day events for the first time since the Wars, Dubliner Mark Kelly was our 2001 Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshal. The cancellation in Ireland was due to the threat of a livestock related disease there. Mark said that the roads from his college in England leading to Wales were lined with people in white coats and masks spraying cars with disinfectant. Even the stewardesses on his flight to Baton Rouge told everyone who lived around livestock they needed to disinfect their shoes before leaving the airport.  Kelly met the Hammett Family while interning at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. He was working on a degree in Hotel Business Management and Economics.

Dignataries
Mayor-President Bobby Simpson and Alice
Bishop Alfred Hughes

2001 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge
Bishop Sullivan High School
/ Catholic High School / Redemptorist High School

2001 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / Alltel / Argosy Casino / BFI Enterprises / Bob Dean Classic Properties / Guaranty Broadcasting / LA Restaurant Association / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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2000Mayor Tom Ed McHugh

 

"Family-inclusive audience by featuring non-risque’ floats and throws."
3/19/2000  Advocate

Leading the Wearin’ of the Green parade in 2000 was Grand Marshal Tom Ed McHugh, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge. 

Dignataries
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and wife, Betty
Bishop Alfred Hughes

2000 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge  / Bishop Sullivan High School / Northeast High Band / Port Allen High Band / Redemptorist High Band

2000 Corporate Sponsors
Ace Enterprises / Argosy Casino / BFI Enterprises / Bob Dean Classic Properties / Cellular One / Guaranty Broadcasting / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser / Rolfe McCollister / WVLA

 

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1999Oldest Members of the Irish Club (Bob Kirkley; Larry Clanton; Pat O'Reilly; Eddie Narozniak)

 

“By the end of the parade, about 11:45 am, the rain began to fall harder.”
3/13/1999 Advocate

Our 1999 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal were absolutely the very oldest members Irish Club. Pat O’Reilly, Larry Clanton, Bob Kirkley and Eddie Narozniak thoroughly enjoyed heckling Pat about the parade day weather.  O’Reilly said, “Hey Pat, I read your article in the Advocate every morning. Your picture is in the right place because I cover it up with my thumb!”  Pat, Larry, Bob and Eddie were there in the 1600’s when Iberville founded Baton Rouge on St. Patrick’s Day.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and wife, Betty

1999  Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Capital High School Band /

1999  Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1998Richard Condon and Judge Joe Keogh

 

“It’s probably the best parade of the year as far as we are concerned.”
Bob Baugh 3/15/1998  Advocate

Our 1998 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal was controversial sports radio talk show host Richard Condon. 

Special Thanks
For many years, Jerry Daly worked the early morning line-up route tirelessly. We appreciate all of his hard work.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and wife, Betty

1998  Bands 
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge

1998  Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1997Judge Joe Keogh

 

“They had so much fun because they don’t have this kind of parade anywhere else.”
Jill Grammar 3/16/1997 Advocate

In recognition of the many ways the late Judge Joe Keogh supported the Irish, his family were our 1997 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshals. Joe Keogh, every St. Patrick’s Day, raised the Irish flag brought to the states by his Great-Great-Grandfather at the courthouse downtown.

Dignataries
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and wife, Betty
Bishop Alfred C. Hughes

1997 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Capital High Band / Albany High Band / Zachary High Band

1997 Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1996Bishop Stanley Ott

 

“In previous years, an unofficial festival had been held in the streets near the I-10 overpass on Perkins Road.” 3/16/1996  Advocate

We honored the life of Bishop Stanley Ott by naming him Grand Marshal for the 1996 Wearin’ of the Green Parade. In life, he was the third Roman Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

A court order was upheld by city officials in their effort to ban alcohol from being served or consumed in public in the Perkins Road area. City Officials’ answer was to move the party downtown. The result was that first St. Patrick Founder’s Day Festival on River Road did not draw the crowds.

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and Betty
Bishop Alfred Hughes

1996 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Glen Oaks Band / McKinley High Band

1996 Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1995Mayor President Pat Screen

 

“I can’t imagine who is mean enough to object to that parade!”
72-year-old long-time Perkins Road Resident  2/21/1995 Advocate

For our tenth year parade, we recognized Pat Screen and the Screen family. Pat was instrumental in helping us with many aspects of the Wearin’ of the Green Parade. The Pat Screen Family will always have a spot in our parade.

The 1995 parade was not without tremendous controversy. It all seemed to hinge on getting the final parade signature from Metro Councilwoman Mary Frey Eaton.  The political prowess of one long-time Baton Rouge resident almost derailed the event. It was Friends of the Parade who collected 600 neighborhood signatures that convinced the Councilwoman to allow the parade to resume its original route.  It was the also the beginning of a new era for many parade goers in that the annual street-party at the foot of the Overpass was discontinued. “They’re not going to block the street. They’re not going to have the loud band,” Eaton said.

Dignitaries
Mayor Tom Ed McHugh
Bishop Alfred Hughes

1995 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Capitol High Band

1995 Corporate Sponsors
Bell South  / Belle of Baton Rouge Casino / Cellular One /  Baton Rouge Door and Supply / Louisiana Lottery Corporation / Roedel, Parsons, Hill & Koch / Senator Tom Greene / McGlynn, Glisson and Koch Attorneys / Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1994Bishop Alfred E. Hughes

 

“Whether you like it or not, your house becomes an open house…”
Kevin Thibodeaux  3/13/1994 Advocate

Diocese of Baton Rouge Bishop Alfred E. Hughes was the 1994 Grand Marshal for the Wearin’ of the Green Parade. He blessed us with a beautiful day for a Parade, starting out a little chilly and ending up a perfect 60 degrees. He was the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge from 1993 through 2000.

This was the year that Hundred Oaks Civic Association created and distributed a Parade Survey in an attempt to convince public officials not to move the parade downtown. Some residents expressed dissatisfaction about having the parade in their neighborhood.

Special Appearance:
Polka Dot the Clown

Dignataries:
Mayor Pat Screen
Bishop Alfred Hughes

1994 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / Baton Rouge Pipe and Drums /    Belaire High School / Capitol Senior High School / Hammond High School / Istrouma High Band / Magnolia Brass Band / St. Paul’s High School / Tara High School

1994 Corporate Sponsor
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1993Fire Fighters

 

“High winds buffeted Baton Rouge Saturday as cold Canadian weather expended its visit to the area.”  3/14/1993   Advocate

Leading it all and serving as Grand Marshals for our 1993 Wearin’ of the Green Parade Grand Marshals were Firefighters from Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The group was selected because of former Fire Chief Robert A. Bogan’s involvement in putting on the Capital City’s first parade in the early 1950’s.  Bob Bogan, Baton Rouge’s first paid fire chief and member of the Irish Club, was vice marshal in charge of the event’s organization.

It snowed the night before the 1993 parade! Parade day was cold with wind gusts up to 42 mph through the early afternoon. Float riders and parade watchers donned heavy coats, gloves and scarves. An an all-day street celebration took place at the foot of the Overpass.

Dignitaries
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh
Bishop Alfred Hughes

1993 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge  / New Orleans Pipe & Drum Band Central High School / Denham Springs High School / Scotlandville High School / Woodlawn High School

1993 Corporate Sponsors
Southern Beverage Budweiser / Cellular One / BR Business Report
 

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1992Sister Margaret Hennessey

 

“The Parade officially ends at ZeeZee Gardens on Perkins Road where a huge outdoor tent will be setup and the band Rollover will play music all day.” 3/13/1992  Advocate

Our 1992 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshal, Mother Gertrude Hennessy, was originally from County Cork, Ireland. As a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady her contributions to our community are undeniable. Joining Our Lady of the Lake in its original location by the Capitol, she had the foresight to build the new location on the gravel road known as Essen.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Bobby Simpson and wife, Betty

1992 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge

1992  Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1991All Veterans of all Wars (Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm)

 

"Expanded route!!!" 3/13/1991  Advocate

Our 1991 Wearin’ of the Green Grand Marshals were the brave Vietnam Veterans. This was the first year of the new extended 2.2 mile route. A handful of Baton Rouge Irish Club members (Don Weinman, Steve and Nancy Davis) manned the float check-in point on Glenmore for many years. The parade itself began at the corner of Acadian Thruway and Hundred Oaks, caddy-corner to the Catholic Life Center.

Dignitary
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh

1991 Band Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge

1991 Sponsor
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1990Hab Shingleton

 

“After a week of rain, the heavens cleared during the night…”
03/25/1990  SundayAdvocate

The Grand Marshal for the 1988 Wearin’ of the Green Parade was Harold N. “Hab” Shingleton. This is the year that the vintage 1947 Mack Firetruck, originally owned/operated by the Ponchatoula Fire Department, became a staple in the parade.

John Spain and Rick “Lawyer” Nevils drove their mothers, Fran and Fleda, in a convertible bearing the sign “We Love Our Irish Mamas.” The newspaper reports of the day found families and neighbors reuniting.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh and Betty

1990 Bands
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge

1990 Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1989Vietnam Veterans

 

“Even Spuds McKenzie is expected to make an appearance…”  3/17/1989  Advocate

The 1989 Wearin of the Green Parade honored all Vietnam Veterans as Grand Marshals. WAFB-TV, Channel 9 televised the parade with local personalities Chuck Perrodin, George Sells and Paul Gates reporting. Over fifty veterans marched the route with a caravan of VFW members in cars behind them. The Irish Club held a sweepstakes for two to go to Ireland. The winner of the sweepstakes was made at Zee Zee Gardens by Pat and Bob Courtney.

A yearly task included calling Kansas City Southern Railway to coordinate with Engineers about parade time. Our staging area crossed the railroad train tracks on East Lakeshore Drive as train schedules had to be adjusted protecting floats on the other side of the tracks.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Tom Ed McHugh

1989 Bands  US Naval Band from New Orleans / Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge / New Orleans Pipe and Drum Corps / Baker High Band / Broadmoor High Band / Denham Springs High School / Scotlandville High School
 

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1988Don Yesso

 

"St. Patty's parade led by "Shortie" and Spuds."  Headline 3/11/1988 Advocate

The Grand Marshal for the 1988 Wearin’ of the Green Parade was Don Yesso. Don, originally from New Orleans, played Shorty La Roux in the 1987-88 CBS prime-time comedy, Frankie’s Place. How he was cast into acting is a million dollar story. In addition to the numerous guest appearances and over 20 shows he has been in, Yesso started Yoglates in Baton Rouge.

Special Guest Appearance
Bud Light’s mascot Spuds MacKenzie made a guest appearance at our 1988 parade. Due to an appearance in a 1987 Super Bowl commercial, the iconic dog was all the rage at the time.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Pat Screen

1988 Bands
Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge

1988 Corporate Sponsors
Mockler Beverage Budweiser

 

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1987TJ Moran

 

“I can’t imagine who is mean enough to object to that parade!”
72-year-old long-time Perkins Road Resident  2/21/1995 Advocate

Year two, the Grand Marshal for the Wearin’ of the Green parade was TJ Moran, the first franchisee of Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse.

Irish Club Officers Pat Shingleton, Pat Bogan and Judge Joe Keogh convened the meeting. Other members in attendance were Grey Hammett, Gene McCann, Danny McConnell, Jim McCormack, Ben Melancon, Ed Narozniak, Pat O’Reilly, Don O’Rourke, Bob Parker, Chuck Perrodin, Tony Sanders, Martin Schott, Tim Screen, Kevin Shingleton, John Voinche and Don Weinman. The parade route was voted to be extended down Perkins to the Interstate Entrance. The early Irish Club meetings were full of fun with Pat leading them at Zee Zee Gardens. There were jokes, camaraderie and imbibing for all.

Dignatary
Mayor-President Pat Screen

2001 Bands  Caledonian Pipers of Baton Rouge  / Joe Lamendola and The Rampart Street Band

 

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1986Judge Joe Keogh

 

“Four bands, 37 organizations and marching groups, and many others will make-up the parade, which begins at city Park Golf Course and concludes at the 2900 block of Perkins Road."  3/13/1986  Advocate 

Our First Grand Marshal was the honorable Judge Joseph Keogh, a long time Irish advocate in Baton Rouge.  An early morning Irish breakfast was held at Zee Zee Gardens prior to the 11am Parade with all Club members in attendance. No one seemed to notice that the day was a muggy 75°. The enthusiasm for the walking parade was strong and all went off without a hitch.

Dignitary
Mayor-President Pat Screen

1986 Bands
Joe Lamendola and the Rampart Street Band

 

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legend
  • Recognized more than once
  • Posthumously