The Olde Towne Slidell Association’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will roll at 1 p.m. Sunday, with state Rep. Greg Cromer as grand marshal and Peggy Cromer as queen of the St. Patrick’s Day court.
The dukes will be Tom Collins, state Rep. Kevin Pearson, Thomas Reeves and Eddie Reso. The maids will be Kathleen DesHotel, Nancy Pearson, Brandee Santini and Tanya Witchen.
Alex Felder will be an honorary duke. His mother, Shawn Bates Felder, was a maid in the first Slidell St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1976. His aunt Angelique Bates was a maid in 1982. His great-uncle “Sleepy” Leon André Saraille was grand marshal in 1983.
The parade will begin with a toast at Slidell City Hall, 2045 Second St. The walking groups, motorcycles, horses, cars, trucks, dance groups and floats will proceed to Fremaux, where they will turn left, with float riders handing out the produce needed for an Irish stew as they go. The parade will turn left again on Front Street, veering onto Carey Street. The group will turn right at the intersection of Carey and Pontchartrain, then right again on Front and Robert streets, crossing Carey before taking its final left, onto First Street and back to City Hall.