The Covington Celtic Club names “Voice of the Saints” Zack Strief as its 2019 Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Covington. The Covington St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration kicks off on Saturday, March 16 at noon.
“A partnership with Zach and Port Orleans Brewing for Covington’s St. Patrick’s parade make for a perfect team. Zach is a great community ambassador and Covington resident and we are thrilled to have him as our Grand Marshal,” parade chairman Nick Ludwig said.
The New Orleans Saints selected Strief in the 7th round of the 2006 NFL Draft, kicking off a 12 year career in New Orleans. Strief spent his entire career in the Crescent City protecting Drew Brees and played on the Super Bowl Championship team in 2010.
Beginning a career off of the field, Strief, alongside a group of partners, started Port Orleans Brewing Co, in May of 2017. He officially retired from football in March of 2018, but after only four months away from the gridiron, he returned: this time, as a broadcaster. In July of 2018, Strief officially accepted the position of Voice of the Saints with WWL radio.
More than 100 members will pass out paper flowers and other Irish throws at the North Shore parade. The parade starts at Columbia Street Tap Room, winding throughout downtown Covington and concluding with a block party in front of Jewel Cigar and Toad Hollow on the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire Street.
The block party taking place at parade end will have lots of free, family fun following the parade.
Immediately following parade end, parade-goers can see performances from The Kilts of Many Colors Bagpipers, the McElroy Academy of Irish Dance and Next Gen V Band will be playing until block party end.
Local restaurants Sweet Daddy’s BBQ and Vasquez’s will sell food at the block party. Toad Hollow will feature the Budweiser Tap Truck with plenty of Irish and local beer.
Some restaurants and businesses like The English Tea Room and Eatery on Rutland Street are having their own watch parties during and after the parade.
The event is free but there will be food and drinks available for purchase.