St. Patrick’s Day parade to go on as usual after issues resolved with city

Published 4:43 pm Friday, March 16, 2018


NATCHEZ — Today’s Krewe of Killarney St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled to proceed as normal after the city resolved an issue about potential new restrictions for the parade.

Earlier in the week, the Natchez Police Department approved the parade, but with some big changes: The parade would only occupy one lane of Main Street while the other would remain open for traffic, and participants would be prohibited from throwing items such as candy.

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After interventions from Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and Ward 3 Alderwoman Sarah Smith, the parade will roll as it always has with no new restrictions impeding it, Adams County Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said.

“All is well,” said Walker, who is this year’s St. Patrick.

He did, however, acknowledge the potential new regulations had caused concern, Walker said Grennell and Smith stepped in to ensure the parade would go off without a hitch.

The only request of the those participating in the parade, Walker said, was that they target their throws instead of “shotgunning” them randomly.

Justifications for those restrictions stemmed from worries that Natchez Public Works crews would not be available over the weekend to clean up the mess, but Grennell said he does not foresee problems with that aspect of the parade.

“I called (the Natchez Police Department Thursday night), and I told them, ‘No, we’re going to hold the parade as we traditionally have,’” Grennell said.

Because organizers must give the on-duty patrolmen — whose shift begins at 6 p.m. — time to arrive before the parade kicks off, the parade will likely not head down Main Street until 6:15 p.m. at the earliest, Walker said.

“But I advise you to get there by at least 6 (p.m.) just in case,” Walker said. “Because we don’t want to leave any Irishmen behind.”

Participants are scheduled to gather at 5:30 p.m. in front of the St. Mary Family Life Center on Main Street across from St. Mary Basilica.

Mass is scheduled to end around 6 p.m. at the basilica, at which point Walker said participants would begin lining up and preparing to depart.