Wearin' of the Green has been POSTPONED. It will NOT roll on March 14, 2020. This article will be updated when new dates are announced.
Baton Rouge never expected what started in 1906 as a small cultural celebration to turn into one of the city’s most highly anticipated events of the year. The Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade is now enjoyed by nearly one hundred thousand locals and visitors alike, who descend upon Louisiana’s Capital City of Baton Rouge ready for a green, good time.
The parade is Saturday March 14, 2020, but this year, the community is amplifying the celebration to become a week-long Wearin’ of the Green takeover by illuminating the city in green lights, painting the streets, and hosting various parties, concerts, races and events spread throughout the week. There’s a reason Baton Rouge has been named one of the Best St. Patrick’s Day Destinations in the worldwide travel publication Destinations Magazine.
As always, the Wearin’ of the Green Parade will roll through the beautiful Hundred Oaks area and several other historic neighborhoods and business districts (see full parade route here). Attendees line the streets collecting in popular hot-spots to watch, like the Perkins Road overpass where the parade crosses over many bars and restaurants that host after-parties. If you’re lucky and know someone who lives along the parade route, you may find yourself at one of the house parties with lively music, tasty local food and plenty of drinks to go around.
Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day Parade has seen Grand Marshals of all kinds serve as its leader including local celebrities like LSU quarterbacks, and Grand Marshals all the way from Ireland. This year, the person who right here in Baton Rouge founded the famous and mouthwatering Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Todd Graves, will serve as the Grand Marshal.
Parade-goers can expect to see it all at the Wearin’ of the Green Parade, from large floats each with their own spin on things and specialty throws, to dancing troupes, walking groups (even one actually pushing lawn mowers!) and local marching bands bringing the rhythm.
If you’re up for it, participate in the newest Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day tradition – the 5k Shamrock Run. Get out there the morning of the parade and run the actual parade route on parade day! Building on the excitement and streets filled with décor and early revelers, the parade decided to begin the morning with a 5k and even sold out of running spaces last year. Post-parade, make your way to one of Baton Rouge’s Irish pubs or famous St. Patrick’s Day block parties that have traditionally taken place for years to enjoy live music and green beer!
Plan a trip to the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge for one of the best St. Patrick’s Day experiences and Irish cultural celebrations. Share your photos with @visitbatonrouge and the hashtags #ExploreBatonRouge and #OnlyLouisiana!