Throw me something, Paddy!
Mardi Gras may be over 350 days away but, if your thirst for cool beads and cold beer is yet to be quenched, you’re in luck, laddies and lassies! St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is just around the corner and St. Joseph’s Day (March 18) is right on its heels. Here's where to find the fun.
Italian American St. Joseph’s Parade
The 48th Annual St Joseph's Day Parade, presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society, will take place in the French Quarter on March 10. Come see beautifully decorated floats, the queen and her nearly 100 maids, and hundreds of Italian-Americans in tuxedos handing out green, white and red beads, silk flowers and blessed fava beans.
Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Since 1971, the St. Patrick's Parade of Metairie has been taking to the streets of Old Metairie. The spectacle begins Sunday, March 11 at noon at 1901 Severn Avenue and heads down Severn to Metairie Road, ending at Focis and Canal. The parade includes 100 floats and trucks, bands, and marching clubs – not to mention all the cabbage, carrots, potatoes and beads you can catch.
The Olde Town Slidell Association St. Patrick's Day Parade
On Sunday, March 11, Slidell will officially go green for the 45th Annual Olde Town Slidell Association St. Patrick's Day Parade. Last year, the group threw approximately 5,000 heads of cabbage, 10,000 onions, 25,000 potatoes and15,000 carrots, along with beads, stuffed animals and lots more. For the parade route information, click here.
Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party
This all-day party on Thursday, March 15 at Annunciation Square lasts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Come enjoy Irish music, food, and drink. Proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School.
Molly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade
On Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. head over to Molly’s at the Market at 1107 Decatur Street for authentic St. Paddy's Day fun. While there, enjoy one of the best frozen Irish coffees in New Orleans.
Finn McCool’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
On Saturday, March 17, the center of St. Patrick’s Day fun in Mid-City is Finn McCool’s at 3701 Banks Street from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Activities include Irish Breakfast Baps, live music, karaoke, the annual Irish Olympics, a Limerick Writing Contest and other shenanigans.
Parasol’s Block Party
This St. Patrick’s Day block party on Saturday, March 17, will run from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the corner of 3rd and Constance streets. Tip: Green beer and roast beef po-boys are a great combo.
Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party
Tracey’s at 2604 Magazine Street will be throwing a party on St. Patrick’s Day from 11 a.m. until whenever. It’s just a hop, skip and an Irish jig away from Parasol’s so why not take in both?
Irish Channel Parade
After a St. Patrick’s Day mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, head to the Irish Channel Parade which starts at the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas around 1:30. The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee was organized in the Irish Channel in 1947 and is essential New Orleans experience. Throws will include beads, flowers, and the fixing for an Irish stew. See the new parade route here.
Downtown Irish Club Parade
The Downtown Irish Club Parade on March 17 starts on the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets in the Bywater at 6 p.m. From there, it heads up Royal, then across Esplanade to Decatur, and up Canal to Bourbon Street. A great time is always had by all and that’s no blarney.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade
The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll Sunday, March 18 at 12noon, on the traditional Veterans parade route in Metairie.
Irish-Italian Islenos Parade
The St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade starts at 12 noon on Saturday, April 14 along the W. Judge Perez route in Chalmette. Come see more than 50 floats, 35 marching groups and 1,500 members throwing 350,000 pounds of produce! That’s a lot of cabbage, y’all!
To learn more and see parade routes, visit stpatricksdayneworleans.com.
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