While NOLA is known mostly for our French and Creole residents, we certainly have residents from every nationality and lineage here in our beautiful city. Enough so that many non-French holidays see festivities and parades. And what’s the next holiday that celebrates a particular nationality? Why, St. Patrick’s Day, of course! And far be it for our New Orleans to celebrate this popular event with anything else than our noted exuberance and style. Whether you’re Irish, wish you were Irish, or just enjoy celebrating this festive holiday, there’s no better place than New Orleans to spend this landmark weekend (AND the weekend before)!
From public parties to parades and fun in the French Quarter, you’ll find it happening in honor of the “Apostle of Ireland”. And in true NOLA style, we stretch the celebration to two weekends! Here’s the scoop on what you can do during the second and third weekends in March:
Saturday, March 11:
11:00 a.m. until closing – Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party: Each year, this casual Irish Pub hosts great holiday celebrations. With green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and friendly fun, how can you go wrong? 2604 Magazine Street.
10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. – Parasol’s Block Party Celebration: Music, green beer, good food and “surprises”, you know you’ll pass a good time. 2533 Constance Street.
1:30 p.m. – Irish Channel Parade: St. Mary’s Assumption Church mass followed by the parade that ends near Tracey’s (above). 400 Jackson Avenue.
Sunday, March 12:
12:00 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road: Starting at Rummel High School at 1901 Severn Avenue, the procession marches toward the river before turning toward downtown on Metairie Road, then up Focis to Canal Street.
Friday, March 17:
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party: head to Annunciation Square in the Lower Garden District for this daytime celebration.
6:00 p.m. – Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade: head down to the French Quarter (just a short streetcar ride away from the Inn) for marching and carriage rides.
6:00 p.m. – Downtown Irish Club Parade: This parade starts in the Bywater and ends in the French Quarter, just in time to enjoy all the festivities therein.
Saturday, March 18
6:00 p.m. – Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade in the French Quarter: You don’t have to be Irish to honor the holiday. Come down to the French Quarter and catch the throws from 16 floats and tuxedo-dressed men. Nine marching bands provide the music.
Sunday, March 19
12:00 p.m. – Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade: The celebration continues on Sunday with this late holiday celebration. This Lakeside celebrations happens along Veteran’s Memorial Highway in Metairie.
And as always:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
(St. Patrick’s Blessing)