Irish Italian Islenos King and Queen: Rocky and Katie Tommaseo!Feb 22nd, 2013 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Community
The annual Irish, Italian, Islenos parade in St. Bernard Parish hits the streets next Sunday, March 3, and this year’s parade King and Queen—Rocky and Katie Tommaseo say they are incredibly excited to reign over the festivities.
“It was an honor to find out we would be king and queen,” said Katie Tommaseo. “I love the parade, and being able to throw all that produce that people love every year will be so much fun. I’m just hoping we have beautiful weather.”
The Tommaseo’s make the ultimate Irish, Italian, Islenos King and Queen: Rocky is Italian with a little Islenos from his mother’s side of the family; and Katie is Irish.
At a first glance, the three cultures might seem worlds apart, but Katie says that they are all rooted in the same traditions and values that keep them so strong today.
“We’re all very loving, and family oriented; very close to not only our immediate family but our grandparents and extended family too,” said Katie. “Faith is also very important.”
This year’s parade will feature 35 floats and 30 marching groups. Float riders are expected to dole out nearly 250,000 pounds of produce. In addition to the traditional cabbage, onions, carrots and potatoes, parade-goers can get ready for lemons, limes, oranges, apples, bananas, pineapples, and more, says Parade President Chad O’Neil. This year’s official parade produce is being provided by St. Bernard’s own, B & G Fresh Market. Starting at the Fred Sigur Civic Center, the parade marchers begin at 11 a.m., and floats follow around 11:45 a.m.
See next week’s issue for a detailed map of the parade route.