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St. Patrick's Day Festivities in New Orleans
March 11-17, 2016

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

It’s a great day for the Irish – and everyone else! – when St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) rolls around in the Greater New Orleans area.

In New Orleans, the festivities go on for ten days, featuring not one but THREE parades, plus two fabulous block parties in the Irish Channel section of Uptown.

The Parades

During the largest of the St. Paddy’s Day parades, the float riders not only throw beads and other Mardi Gras-style trinkets, they also pass down cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, packaged seasonings and other key ingredients found in Irish stews.

Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in green costumes pass out paper flowers, beads and kisses to lucky parade-goers along the route.
Here is the schedule for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day/St. Joseph’s Day events:

  • Friday, March 11: Molly's at the Market Irish Parade - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12: Irish Channel Parade - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17: Downtown Irish Club Parade - 6:00 p.m.

Block Parties

St. Patrick’s Day block parties are some of the biggest outdoor parties of the year in New Orleans. The best of these block parties are held in the street outside Tracey’s and Parasol’s in the Irish Channel on March 12 and on the 17th, the official St. Patrick’s Day. Both parties are free and open to the public.
Here is the schedule for this year’s block parties:

Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, March 17
Tracey's Block Party - 11 a.m. till...

Annual celebration of St. Paddy’s Day in the Irish Channel outside of Tracey’s Bar. Expect lots of green beer!

Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, March 17
Parasol's Block Day Party - 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Annual St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the Irish Channel at Parasol’s on the corner of 3rd and Constance streets.

For more detailed information on all the St. Patrick’s Day events in and around New Orleans go to the following website: www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com.

 
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