Cultures come together for Metairie parade

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Family members, standing from left, Keri Meyers, Jason Meyers and Scott Meyers, of Denham Springs, wear leprechaun hats Sunday to get the attention of the 'Star Wars'-themed Roma Auxiliary float in the 2013 Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Family members, standing from left, Keri Meyers, Jason Meyers and Scott Meyers, of Denham Springs, wear leprechaun hats Sunday to get the attention of the 'Star Wars'-themed Roma Auxiliary float in the 2013 Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie.

The 31st annual Louisiana Irish-Italian parade rolled at noon Sunday in Metairie, led by Irish grand marshal Kim Brown Sr., a Metairie businessman, and Italian grand marshal Michael Yenni, the mayor of Kenner. The parade tradition is an outgrowth of the Zeus St. Patrick’s Day Marching Club after Zeus marchers were asked not to return because they had “grown too large,” according to the Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade website, http://www.lairish-italian.org. The first Irish–Italian Parade rolled on the streets of Jefferson Parish in 1983, and it’s been an annual tradition since.