More than 340,000 pounds of produce will be tossed from 50 floats when the St. Bernard Irish Italian Isleños parade hits the streets of Chalmette on Sunday.
Founded in 2001, the 14th annual parade will begin and end at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive. From there, the parade will make a left at Dr. Meraux Boulevard heading east to Ventura Drive, where it will make a U-turn and head back to the Civic Center. The route no longer travels into Arabi, so traffic doesn’t block the entrance to St. Bernard Parish Hospital, according to Chad O’Neil, parade president.
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. with the members of the Irish/Italian Marching Club, who will hand out carnations, followed by floats and more than 35 bands and marching units.
In addition to the produce — cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, lemons, limes, oranges, apples, bananas and pineapples — O’Neil said throws will include official parade T-shirts, hats, Frisbees, koozies, backpacks and totes with the parade logo. This year’s theme is “Let’s Geaux Tailgating.”
O’Neil said official parade merchandise will be sold Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in front of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette, while supplies last.
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlman and his wife, Monique, will reign as this year’s king and queen, with their daughters, Victoria and Olivia, serving as maids.
This year’s grand marshals are former LSU and Chicago Bears player Craig Steltz and WWL Saints reporter Kristian Garic.
The 2015 princesses are: Grace Abba, Marie Abba, Destinee Billiot, Kayla Cox, Kaitlyn Dragon, Meagan Dragon, Abigail Galindo, Ariel Hardeman, Falyn Hardouin, Megan Lasha, Zoe Latapie, Emily O’Neil, Alexandria Populis, Michelle Roper and Tabatha Serpas.
Sippin’ in the Sunset
The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association’s monthly Sippin’ in the Sunset will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Old Arabi.
The social offers guests the chance to shop, eat, hear live music and visit with friends and neighbors, all under one roof. There will be food from local restaurants, arts and crafts, beer, wine and live jazz music by Oogum Boogum.
For information, call Maegan Dobson at (504) 756-7143.
The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ monthly cruise night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi.
Cruise nights are held the second Saturday of every month. Participation is open to all makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars.
For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 508-1599. Information about the club is available at stbrk.com.
The St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., in Old Arabi.
The market features local vendors selling fresh seafood, homemade spices, herbs and jams, and crafts.
For information about becoming a vendor, call the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism at (504) 278-4242.
Nemesis to meet
The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Daq Shaq, 6601 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi.
Prospective members are invited. Food will be served.
For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998.
The St. Bernard Coalition for Project Graduation recently held a Spring Fun Run fundraiser at Torres Park in Chalmette to support its annual alcohol-free, nightlong party set for May 14 for Chalmette High School seniors following their graduation.
Following the run, a tug-of-war challenge was held between members of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department. The firefighters, cheered on by Fire Chief Thomas Stone, got the best of the deputies, supported by Sheriff James Pohlmann, defeating them in the challenge.
Money from the fundraiser will help support Project Graduation’s party for graduating seniors. Volunteers and donations are needed. Checks made payable to Project Graduation, along with gift certificates, can be mailed to Project Graduation, P.O. Box 2251, Chalmette, LA 70044.
For information, call Brenda Simpson, chairwoman, at (504) 682-0753, or Paula St. Angelo at (504) 400-9298.
Baseball/softball coaches needed
The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is accepting applications for baseball and softball coaches for the 2015 summer season.
For information, contact Kirk Carlin at Kcarlin@sbpg.net or (504) 278-4295.
Mark your calendars
The fourth annual St. Bernard Gives Back “Sweets & Treats for Disaster Relief” tasting gala will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 at the home of Sylvia Guillot, 3800 Bayou Road, in the St. Bernard community.
For information, call Donald Kattengell, president, at (504) 416-1306.
The St. Bernard Bird Festival will be April 24-25 at the Isleños Museum Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road, in the St. Bernard community.
For information, call the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism at (504) 278-4242.
Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.