Produce flies during Diamondhead parade

Cabbages, potatoes, onions thrown

           Patrick Read rode as St. Patrick and Margaret “Erin” Magers as the Diamondhead Celtic Society’s Colleen.


Instead of getting their hands on traditional beads, cups and other throws revelers at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Diamondhead were looking to catch something else: food.

Members of the Diamondhead Celtic Society pelted the crowd on Friday night with produce including large heads of cabbage, potatoes, onions and carrots.

Crowds were decked out in emerald socks and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirts.

“We are celebrating the Irish and those who embrace the Irish at this parade,” Jen Mansbridge said. “We want to give back to our community and the parade is a great way to do that.”

A long line of elaborately decorated golf carts lit up the road around Country Club Circle.

The procession circled the golfing green several times throwing the veggies, green beads and singing some Irish tunes.

J.J. Skinner of the Diamondhead Celtic Society dressed as the Shamrock Baker, tossing homemade green cookies to the crowd.

The green-and-white procession also featured a large wooden alligator riding as the Irish guard dog.

Diamondhead resident Margaret “Erin” Magers rode as the society’s Colleen for this year’s parade.

Patrick Read served as St. Patrick.


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