Tiger Band to march in Irish parade

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU --  LSU's band will march in Dublin, Ireland, next year.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- LSU's band will march in Dublin, Ireland, next year.

The luck of the Irish will include a mix of purple and gold when the LSU Tiger Marching Band performs in Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Yes, that’s Dublin, as in Dublin, Ireland.

“We’re bringing all 325 members of the band to Ireland,” said Roy King, LSU’s director of athletic bands. “We’re still working on the exact dates we’ll be there, but we’re definitely marching in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”

King likens Dublin’s parade to the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans.

“This is their big event,” he said. “If you watch it on YouTube, you’ll see that it’s definitely their Mardi Gras.”

King said he and the band’s personnel have been working more than two years on an overseas trip for the band. The Golden Girls, the band’s dance line, performed in Hong Kong two years ago.

“After they returned, we started thinking about a trip for the whole band,” King said. “The time is right, and we wanted to plan a nice trip for them.”

In the meantime, Dublin’s mayor invited the band to march in its annual parade.

“We received a registered letter with his official invitation this week,” King said.

King met with the band’s Tigerama committee of supporters and sponsors at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center on Wednesday. The band’s annual Tigerama concert serves as a fundraiser whose proceeds benefit the band program.

This year, the event will be Oct. 29 in the Peter Maravich Assembly Center. There will be a day performance at 9 a.m., followed by a VIP party at 5 p.m. with the main performance set for 7:30 p.m.

“All of the proceeds from this year’s Tigerama will benefit the trip to Ireland,” King said.

For more information, visit www.LSUtigerama.com.