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St. Patrick's Day Festivities
March 11-17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Parasols
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photo by Lance W. Moreland
St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Parasols
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photo by Lance W. Moreland
St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Parasols
St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Parasols
St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Parasols

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day- New Orleans style! Adorn yourself in all things green and hit the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Throughout the Irish Channel, parade-goers will celebrate the rich Irish history and ancestry with a family-friendly affair on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

The Parade

The celebration will begin with mass held at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at noon, and the parade will follow immediately after. The procession kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Napoleon Avenue, turning onto Magazine Street and ending on Jackson Avenue. It will include floats, trucks, marching bands and second-liners. Throws include beads, doubloons, flowers, moon pies, and of course, vegetables. Those that experience the luck of the Irish may catch some cabbage from a passing float or receive a kiss from one of the walking club members.

History

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th each year to commemorate St. Patrick’s death. It has been celebrated in North America since 1737, and the parade has occurred in New Orleans since 1947. Traditionally, the Irish Channel parade takes place on the Saturday prior to March 17th each year.

Block Parties

Want to continue the celebration? Find your pot of gold at one of the St. Paddy’s block parties.

Parasol’s Bar located in the Irish Channel celebrates the holiday with a blowout party throughout an entire block of the neighborhood. On both Saturday, March 11, 2017 and Friday, March 17, 2017 green beer, local flavors and even -leprechauns- crowd the area from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Annunciation Square holds another block party on Friday, March 17, 2017 to benefit St. Michael’s Special School. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. arts and crafts, local eats, wine, beer, Irish music and dancers will fill the playground to commemorate the holiday.

Tickets and More Info

Parade viewing and block parties are free and open to the public! You can view the parade along the parade route or at a private establishment.

For more information about St. Patrick’s Day festivities, visit www.irishchannelno.org.

 
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