Throw Me Something, Paddy!
Mardi Gras may be on March 5 this year but if you can never get enough beads and beer, 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.
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 17 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. View route.
Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party
This all-day party on Thursday, March 14 at Annunciation Square starts at 1 p.m. Come enjoy Irish music, food, and drink. Proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School. See party location.
Molly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade
On Friday, March 15 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. See parade route.
Parasol’s Block Party
This St. Patrick’s Day block party on Saturday, March 16, will run from 10 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. See party location.
Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party
Tracey’s at 2604 Magazine Street will be throwing a party on Saturday, March 16 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? See party location.
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 parade route.
Downtown Irish Club Parade
The Downtown Irish Club Parade on Sunday 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. See route.
Italian American St. Joseph’s Parade
The 49th Annual St Joseph's Day Parade, presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society, will take place in the French Quarter on March 23 at 6 p.m. 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. View route.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade
The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll Sunday, March 24 at noon, on the traditional Veterans parade route in Metairie. See route.
Irish-Italian Islenos Parade
The St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade starts at noon on Saturday, April 6 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! View route.
To learn more, visit stpatricksdayneworleans.com.
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