03.24.19 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Founded in 1971, the St. Patrick’s Parade of Metairie has been taking to the streets of Old Metairie for over the past forty years! The parade consists of floats and trucks, bands, marching clubs, and all the carrots, cabbages, potatoes and beads you can catch! Our family has been attending this parade since before Roy and I were married in the early 1970s!  Roy grew up a  block from Metairie Road and we’d all walk together, as a family, from his house to the parade every year.  After Roy’s mom died we pretty much stopped going.

A few years ago after we got Dora (our motor home) we began coming to the parade again. We parked Dora near the route and enjoying the parade with family and friends again.  Dora’s gone now but I went with Chip’s family to Metairie Road after church Sunday morning.  We missed some of the parade but still got to see around 100 floats!  Roy’s niece Christy, her husband Otis and their son Zachary were there and we loved seeing them!

Chip, Misty, their friend Carlos, Madisyn, her friend Cheyenne and me, Grannie, piled into Chip’s big SUV and headed for Metairie.  Carlos doesn’t walk too well so Chip wanted to park as close to Metairie Road as possible.  There were no parking spaces block after block after block.  All the side streets were packed but somehow Chip managed to find a spot less than a block from Metairie Road.

I’ve never seen so many people out there for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

This was an interesting set up. Children will sit on the bench on top of the ladder and can drop everything they catch (except a large cabbage) down the shoot where it will land in a big tub at the bottom.

Madisyn and her buddy Cheyenne with their baby dolls shoved down their sweatshirts.  They did get some odd looks

There was so much waving arms and catching food and beads, not a lot of pictures of the floats were taking !


Another new feature seen often at this parade were the big blue buckets in the picture below.  They make an excellent large target for the people on the second floor of the floats to throw at!

I didn’t get this photo taken in time for you to see President Trump’s picture on the back of this float with an American flag waving.  I loved it.  of course it was also a New Orleans Saints Football float! 

This young man caught one of the yellow referee flags that were thrown from some fo the floats.  This was in reference to the “non call” that cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl. Yes, Louisianian’s never forget……………….

I came home with 5 cabbage, 10 carrots, 12 potatoes, 10 lemons and some other snacks. Way, way less than last year.  That was on purpose but when it started flying off the floats to us it was hard to resist getting more.  I cooked all the potatoes and made potato salad with half and a cheesy potato casserole with the other half.  I made unsweetened lemonade with half the lemons.  Three of the cabbage were cooked and will turn into a cabbage casserole this week!  Lots of yummy food!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Sunday!


03.12.16 RVillage’s new video and we’re ready for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Metairie!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I recently read the following:

To encourage people to travel more, British Airways released data from two somewhat sad studies, which revealed two of the biggest regrets of 2,000 U.S. baby boomers — that they worked too much and didn’t travel enough.

How about all ya’ll out there start making plans to live on the road full time so you won’t have this regret!  When you make that change be sure to join RVillage.  Check out our new video! You may start seeing some of it on a television commercial soon!!!

We have arrived in Metairie on the corner of Metairie Road and Ridgelake where we will be joined this evening by Chip’s family and tomorrow by the rest of the Chauvin family.  All those who can make it.  The torrential rains have trapped a lot of folks in but Dora is such a big girl she got us out of Amite and into Metairie quite easily!

Here we are all set up in the big empty lot all ready for the parade to come by tomorrow!

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This is one of the most unusual parades you’ve ever seen.  We will almost definitely leave here tomorrow with a huge bag of cabbage heads, carrots, onions and whatever else they throw to us including of course beads and doubloons!  I’ll be sharing photos with ya’ll as soon as I can after the parade.  Since we’ve arrived we’ve watched a car here and a truck there pull in and folks get out their wooden stakes and ropes to mark their area.  One other RV is parked a good distance from us but they are here.

I couldn’t wait to share the RVillage video with ya’ll, hope you like it and want to join RVillage now!  It’s free and even if you’re in the RV dreaming stage come on and join, you’ll learn a lot fro other RVers!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!



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