Lively March in Baton Rouge

Originally Posted on March 6, 2012

The month of March shapes up as a busy, exciting time in Baton Rouge. The 2012 United States Bowling Congress Championships are ongoing and will continue through July at the Baton Rouge River Center. This exciting and unique experience can be made more special by visitors riding in the Trolley Rouge to get to the event.

Every Wednesday in March, the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge will host Lunchtime Lagniappe.  This history lecture series begins March 7 with a program titled “Object Lesson: 200 Years of Decorative Arts in Louisiana.”

The fun starts early in the morning when the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls on Saturday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. The parade route begins at the corner of Hundred Oaks Avenue and South Acadian Thruway. This Baton Rouge gem winds through the stately Hundred Oaks neighborhood before finishing at the intersection of South Acadian Thruway and Perkins Road. For more information, visit, and don’t forget to wear green!

More parade fun follows on Saturday, March 24 with the second annual Baton Rouge Irish & Italian Parade. The floats roll at 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Morning Glory Avenue and Stanford Avenue. This vibrant group caravans through Southdowns neighborhood before ending at LSU.

Saturday, March 24, also is the day to enjoy the Zapps International Beer Festival at theLSU Rural Life Museum. Attendees will be able to sample over 200 varieties of international, domestic, home-brewed and non-alcoholic beers. There will be live music and jambalaya as well.

March 24 is also a good day to do some shopping at the St. Jude Church Silent and Live Auctions. The Silent Auction is in the gym from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and the Live Auction follows at 6:00 p.m. on the deck. The Silent and Live Auctions are the highlights of a weekend full of good music, food, rides and fun. The St. Jude Church Fair begins Friday, March 23, and continues through Sunday, March 25. Come out and join us for some old-fashioned family fun.

For those avid fans who are anxious to see some football, the LSU Football Team will hold its Spring Game in Tiger Stadium on March 31 at 12:30 p.m. Fans will get a glimpse of the 2012 team, one that has very high expectations again.

Our Baton Rouge area community is thriving and full of wonderful, family-oriented events. Please support these local events and, if you have the time, volunteer for for some of them!