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Weekend Picks: St. Patrick’s Day, Super Sunday, and More

Sunday is super!

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The Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day, and Super Sunday! It’s all happening this weekend, plus the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival and more. Get the scoop below.

African dancers at Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

All Weekend

1. Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival — From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Louis Armstrong Park becomes a stage for artists like Rebirth Brass Band, Bamboula 2000, The Low End Theory Players (with a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest) and more. Food vendors and a craft market — as well as the sounds of drums — tap into Congo Square’s history. Free.

Tracey’s. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Friday

2. St. Patrick’s Day Festivities — You’ve got plenty of options, but green beer is basically mandatory. Attend the block party at Tracey’s in the Irish channel, or pre-game at Pat O’s before the Molly’s at the Market parade in the French Quarter. Free.

Jon Cleary performs Saturday at The Historic Carver Theater. (Photo: Gogo Juice)

Saturday

3. Youth Run NOLA 504K With a new location at Crescent Park and live entertainment from Big Freedia, Youth Run NOLA’s 504K race and festivities are a fun way to spend your Saturday for a good cause. Whether you lace up for the race or simply enjoy the music, Youth Run NOLA supports 10-18 year olds across the area, helping them develop healthy habits and coping mechanisms. Registration is $30 with proceeds benefiting Youth Run NOLA.

4. Jon Cleary at the Historic Carver Theater The absolute monster gentleman performs (with his band of the same name) at the newly renovated Historic Carver Theater at 10 p.m. Tickets from $15.

The Red Flame Hunters Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

Sunday

5. Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday — The tradition continues. Every year on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), various Mardi Gras Indian tribes don their elaborate suits and march through several New Orleans neighborhoods while performing dances, chants, and other rituals. One good place to catch them is at the corner of Washington and Lasalle streets in Central City. Free.

Note the dried fava beans for good luck at this altar! (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Lagniappe

St. Joseph’s Day Altars — See them at various spots throughout the city all weekend — we’ve got a sneak peek (and some history) here!

Art in Bloom All weekend, NOMA hosts spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 exhibitors March 16-19. Proceeds from Art in Bloom benefit education projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of The Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Tickets from $175.

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