St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through Waveland
Last year, the Waveland Civic Association had to cancel their St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to COVID-19. Now, this year, the parade was back rolling through the streets in Hancock County.
After Governor Tate Reeves lifted the mask mandate in the state of Mississippi, the Waveland Civic Association was given the green light to host their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. People were excited to be out and enjoy the first parade on the Coast since COVID-19. Waveland Civic Association President A.J. Andres said, “This is just so family-friendly. This is a family-oriented event and I just look forward to this.”
Member of the Queens Yuki Northington said, “We are super excited. It got canceled last year. I feel like we earned this sunny, beautiful day for a good parade.”
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade started rolling back in 1967 and the citizens of Waveland just want to keep the tradition alive. One way they keep that tradition alive is with cabbage. “Cabbage is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s just part of the tradition. Here we are in 2021 still trying to carry on the tradition.”
The association expanded the parade route to help with COVID protocols, making it 3.8 miles. The parade included floats, dancers, and this year’s Collen Maggie Whitney.
The association hopes the parades will get even larger.