No St. Paddy's parade today; maybe next year

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city doesn’t have a St. Patrick’s Day parade today, but it might next year.
Barbara Fleishhacker, owner of Main Attraction, is working with Leeann Lesley of Romie’s Barbeque to bring back the parade in 2013.
Tupelo hasn’t had a parade in three years. The St. Paddy’s Day parade originally was coordinated by The Rib Cage, a now-defunct downtown restaurant.
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association helped promote and assist with the parade, according to Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of Main Street.
When the restaurant closed in 2004, Main Street took over the parade. It was canceled in 2009 because of weather and never came back. Main Street focused its efforts on creating Wine Downtown.
But Fleishhacker wants to bring it back to downtown.
“What we lacked in length or time, we made up for in spirit,” she said Friday, while wearing an “Irish Princess” necklace.
She wants costumes, her Volkswagen bug, green beer, green beads and “maybe a leprechaun or two.”
And, she wants the parade on March 17, regardless of whether it is a weekday.
“My feeling is St. Paddy’s is the type of holiday that should be celebrated on the day it falls,” she said. “I’m a purist in that sense. Would you celebrate July 4th on any other day? No.”
Lesley and Fleishhacker are meeting in July to discuss plans. People interested in volunteering can call Fleishhacker at her store.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com