NEW ORLEANS – The pandemic may have stopped the annual St. Paddy’s Day parade this year, but the St. Paddy’s Day spirit shines on at Raising Cane’s.
A longtime partner of Second Harvest Food Bank, Raising Cane’s is hosting a “Reverse Parade” food drive benefiting the organization. St. Paddy’s Day revelers are usually trying to catch cabbage and other vegetables at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in and around New Orleans, but this year, they can bring canned vegetables to Cane’s to support the food bank.
Raising Cane’s restaurants on the East Bank, West Bank and Northshore will be collecting non-perishable food items from March 10-20. Any guest who donates a food item will receive a Free Lemonade Card redeemable for a 20-ounce Green (or traditional) freshly squeezed Lemonade at Cane’s.
The house float tradition rolls on at Raising Cane’s on St. Charles Avenue as the restaurant hired Kern Studios to transform its custom Mardi Gras decorations into a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Complete with giant beads, a leprechaun and a towering version of its yellow Labrador mascot, Raising Cane III, the festive display has been well received by local residents.
“We received such an incredible response from our Mardi Gras house float, we wanted to continue the spirit into March,” said Founder and CEO Todd Graves. “We are looking forward to supporting the needs of so many in our community with the Reverse Parade food drive.”
“Cane’s is always willing to work with us to fight hunger in South Louisiana, and we are looking to the New Orleans community to ‘Throw us something, Mista!,’” said Kathryn Gsell, community relations manager at Second Harvest.