On Sunday, March 15th, the Old Metairie St. Patrick's Day Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary! Founders John Marchese and James Carrigan were inspired to develop the event after being involved in the long-standing Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade. Rolling on March 14, 1971, their initial celebration had 62 units and followed the traditional Metairie Road route still used today. This year's parade will contain approximately 110 units, including customary Carnival-style floats, decorated truck floats, and marching bands. Assuming any participants back out, there is a wait list of about 25 units hoping to enter. The event has seen tremendous success, as evidenced by its massive audience. Indeed, its crowd grows each year, with spectators from across the country bearing witness to its exquisite floats and festive throws. Yet regardless of how the celebration has evolved, it maintains its family-oriented roots. In honor of the Old Metairie St. Patrick's Day Parade's special anniversary, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will lead the procession as grand marshal. His wife, Cher, will accompany him as queen. Be sure to catch them this Sunday! Beginning at noon, the parade will commence on Severn near Archbishop Rummel High School and continue onto Metairie Road, before disbanding at Focis Street.