Krewe makes comeback

         

PASS CHRISTIAN

The Pass rolled out the green carpet on Saturday for the return of the Krewe of Blarney Halfast Walkin’ Klub Parade.

This is the first time the Irish Krewe has marched through the streets of Pass Christian since Katrina hit the Coast in 2005.

The Krewe of Blarney is a take-off from the legendary Pete Fountain Half-Fast Marching Club in New Orleans.

“We are glad to have this celebration back in the Pass,” said Alice Russell, longtime resident and paradegoer. “The return of events is another sign the city is coming back and it is only getting better.”

An eclectic mix of marching groups, antique fire trucks and golf carts followed about a 2-mile path through town, making toasts along the way at local pubs. Revelers caught giant green beads, cabbage, stuffed animals and trinkets as leprechauns and Irish royalty paraded along the city streets.

A pub crawl started at Lucio’s Mexican Restaurant on Davis Avenue, slowly rolled south to Scenic Drive and ended at the site of the new City Hall.

An Irish party at French Charley’s topped off the celebration.

Cory McGee of Pass Christian rode as the colleen for this year’s Blarney parade.

Donald Rafferty was grand marshal. 

By LEIGH COLEMAN – Sun Herald

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