Residents turn city green for Hattiesburg Irish-Italian Parade and Festival

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Saturday dozens of residents gathered on West 4th St. in Hattiesburg to celebrate the Irish-Italian parade.

"We wanted to watch the parade today to see what was happening this time, see if there was anything new," said parade patron Justin Clark.

Many who attended the 13th annual event dressed in green to celebrate all things Irish for St. Patrick's Day and Italian for St. Joseph's Day.

"We come back every year," said parade patron Bianca Shemper. "We love the St. Patrick's parade and we all dress in green, we love it."

This year's parade included over thirty different floats to represent local businesses and clubs from all over the Pine Belt. After the parade, a Celtic mass was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and a festival followed after that.  

"It's awesome, the food's great," said Bennie. "Supporting the church is wonderful."

Each year funds raised at the festival go to help out individuals in need, this year some of the donations go towards a local charity.

"Thank you first to St. Thomas for shedding the light on Extra Table and those who are hungry in this Hattiesburg area," said parade and festival Grand Marshal Robert St. John. "They're taking up donations tonight to help feed the hungry so we truly appreciate everything they do in this community."

If you didn't catch the Irish-Italian Parade and Festival this year, make sure to come out next year.

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