Baton Rouge going Bananas and Irish this weekend. Will rain be an issue?

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge will be bananas this weekend — literally.

The renowned Savannah Bananas will be taking the field at Alex Box Stadium from Thursday through Saturday. Additionally, the annual Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, known as the Wearin’ of the Green, is scheduled for Saturday, although rain is forecasted for both of these major events.

Bananas invade the Box

Made popular by their in-game entertainment and viral social media videos, the Savannah Bananas will be hosting three sold-out games at LSU, marking their inaugural appearance in a college baseball stadium. Previously, the team made headlines by selling out Houston’s Minute Maid Park, their first venture into a major league stadium.

The Savannah Bananas, dubbed the “greatest show in sports” by ESPN, are a circus-like baseball team based in Savannah, Georgia.

They’ve garnered significant attention for their unconventional approach to America’s favorite pastime, akin to the Harlem Globetrotters of baseball. These social media sensations have sold out every game they’ve played since 2016.

A staggering 142,048 individuals sought tickets to the Savannah Bananas Banana Ball World Tour at Alex Box. Tickets for the team’s game against the Party Animals were allocated via a lottery system.

For those still seeking tickets, be prepared to pay a premium. On the resale platform StubHub,

tickets are fetching prices ranging from $160 to $188, with all tickets offering open seating general admission.

Irish for a day

Following last year’s experience of sleet and hail affecting the parade, there is concern that rain may dampen the festivities at Baton Rouge’s Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Recognized as one of the city’s largest and liveliest parades, the Wearin’ of the Green has evolved into one of spring’s quintessential celebrations. This year, former LSU basketball standout Seimone Augustus will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

The parade will commence at the Catholic Life Center on Hundred Oaks Ave. and S. Acadian Thruway, concluding at S. Acadian and Stanford Ave. after traversing down Perkins Rd.

Rain, rain go away!

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting a wet weekend across the Baton Rouge area with 2-4″ of rain possible through Sunday.

Thursday: Cloud cover increases; isolated showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon (55% chance)

Friday: A slow-moving cold front will bring a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms. Higher chancers of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Saturday: Current forecast models are trending drier for Saturday.

Sunday: More rain and thunderstorms expected as the cold front pushes through the area.

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