Throw Me Something, Paddy!
Mardi Gras may be on March 1 this year but if you can never get enough beads and beer, you’re in luck, lads and lassies! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and St. Joseph’s Day is right on its heels. Here's where to find the fun.
Irish Channel Practice March
On Friday, March 4. come out and watch this event hosted every year by The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade Club. The fun begins at Jackson Square at 12 p.m.
Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade
On Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. head over to Molly’s at the Market at 1107 Decatur Street for authentic St. Paddy's Day fun including riders in carriages and marching groups. While there, enjoy one of the best frozen Irish coffees in New Orleans. See parade route.
Downtown Irish Club Parade
The Downtown Irish Club Parade on Friday, March 11 starts on the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets in the Bywater at 6:30 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.
Parasol’s Block Party
This St. Patrick’s Day block party on Saturday, March 12, will run from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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 12 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
The Irish Channel Parade on Saturday, March 12 starts around 2 p.m. 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.
Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade in the French Quarter
Presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society for more than 50 yeaes, this procession will take place in the French Quarter on Saturday, March 19 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.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road
Since 1971, this parade has been taking to the streets of Old Metairie. This year, the spectacle begins Sunday, March 13 at noon with 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 17 at Annunciation Square starts at 1 p.m. Come enjoy Irish music, food, and drink. Proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School. See party location.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade in Metairie
The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll Sunday, March 20 at noon, on the traditional Veterans parade route in Metairie. See route.
St. Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Parade
The St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 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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