Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44)
The postponement of Baton Rouge’s Annual “Wearing of the Green” Parade is a big setback for local businesses, particularly those at or near the Perkins Road overpass.
Business owners there agree it’s usually their biggest business day of the year.
“We do a week’s work of business in one day, so to speak,” says Zippy’s Buritos, Tacos & More owner Neal Hendrick. “All your friends and family show up.”
Baton Rouge’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is one of the biggest around. People come from near and far for the festivities and always make a day of visiting businesses along or near the parade route.
Uncle Earl’s is known for hosting “Earlapalooza” and had a big event planned heading into the parade weekend.
Co-owner Jordan Liuzza told us “Last year we had four to five thousand people come. We were expecting the same for this year. We had Mannie Fresh coming from New Orleans. We had some artists coming from New York.”
HAD being the operative word. Uncle Earl’s will be open this weekend, but “Earlapalooza” has been postponed as well.
Liuzza added, “The last thing we want to do is have the event, have a large gathering, and someone get sick.”
While business owners are disappointed, they say they understand the need for caution. But they want people in the Baton Rouge area to know, they’re still open for business.
“I’ve been speaking with other business owners in the area. They’re gonna be open as well,” Hendrick said today. “We want people to wash their hands, come out have fun, kind of avoid the hysteria. Just be smart, come enjoy yourself.”
As for when the parade will happen, business owners tell us there’s been some talk that it could happen sometime in the next 12 weeks. We’ll let you know if and when it’s rescheduled.