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St. Patrick's Day March

New Iberia Marching Men

It may not seem it, but Irish and Celtic culture has helped shape the melting pot of Louisiana for more than a century. And Louisiana was well suited for Irish immigration due to Catholicism. Even locally, think Shea, or Caffery, or McLelland. But, until recently there hasn’t been a proper local celebration of the largest Irish-American holiday in the US. That was until a group of like-minded gentlemen from New Iberia decided to put on a right and proper celebration to honor the Celt’s patron saint. Fir Máirseáil Nua Iberia (Gaelic for New Iberia’s Marching Men) was formed in 2011 by a group of friends who took it upon themselves to organize a St. Patrick’s Day march each March 17th to honor the patron saint of Ireland. The inaugural march was in 2012, when they wore Black Watch Tartan kilts and marched down Main Street New Iberia passing out beads, candies, and carnations to the crowds that gathered to enjoy the event. Their hope was to create a yearly tradition, so that for one day, even in New Iberia, everybody can be Irish. For the holiday this sixth year of New Iberia’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Fir Máirseáil Nua Iberia will begin the celebration on Saturday, March 11, at 3:00, by turning the fountain at the plaza of the New Iberia Civic Center green. The Mayor and other dignitaries, and the press will be present. This symbolizes the group’s stated mission to “Turn the Bayou Country Green”. The march down Main Street will highlight the celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th . You can see them marching in their kilts and regalia, greeting the crowds, handing out doubloons, carnations and kisses, and celebrating Irish culture and traditions. The march will commence at 6:00 PM at the Civic Center, and proceed down Main Street, eventually finding itself at Mulligan’s Irish Pub, at the 100 block of Iberia Street, where the party will continue. Come out to New Iberia on March 17th to celebrate and help keep this great Irish-American tradition alive and kicking.

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March 11, 2017


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