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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

This weekend in New Orleans is all about St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Channel, Downtown Irish Club and Molly’s parades as well as Super Sunday.

If you’re suffering from post-Mardi Gras depression, we have just the fix! This weekend NOLA will be filled with activities celebrating Irish heritage, which is deeply rooted here in New Orleans. Tracey’s will be throwing a block party, there are parades galore, and the Mardi Gras Indians will all be out for Super Sunday. So, throw on your green and head out on the town! Happy Weekend, NOLA!

Thursday, March 14

1. Tracey’s Block Party – At 11 a.m. the Irish Channel Annual Block Party will kick off on the corner of Third Street and Magazine Street in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a limited supply of St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts for sale as well as green beer, jello shots, many Irish whiskeys, and of course, Tracey’s World Famous po-boys. To top it off, festivities include a Sailor Jerry Photo Booth and a DJ!

Friday, March 15

St. Patrick's Day Irish Channel Parade

2. Molly’s at the Market St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade will roll through the French Quarter in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this Friday. The parade featuring dressed riders in horse-drawn carriages will gather at Molly’s At The Market at 6 p.m. and will begin rolling at 6:30 p.m. and will then stop at The Erin Rose for drink refills before heading back to Molly’s. Also, don’t be surprised if you see spirited marching bands and clubs keeping the momentum and tempo along the way. You can find more information on the Molly’s At The Market website.

Saturday, March 16

3. Irish Channel Parade – The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, the main event of St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, will hold its 66th Annual Mass and Parade celebration this Saturday. The celebration will begin with mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church then followed by their parade at 1 p.m., which will begin on the corner of Felicity and Magazine Street. More information as well as a route map can be found online.

Sunday, March 17

mardi gras indians
Image by Joel Mann Courtesy of Flickr

4. Super Sunday – This Sunday, various tribes of Mardi Gras Indians will be adorned in their gorgeous suits and march through the streets of New Orleans performing colorful dances and other rituals as part of Super Sunday. The most popular of the festivities is usually the procession staged by the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council in the Central City neighborhood. The 2013 gathering and procession will take place at noon and the route is available online.

5. Downtown Irish Parade – The Downtown Irish Club Parade is one that has been around for roughly 35 years and formed as a result of a group of Bywater residents were not able to be Grand Marshalls in the Irish Channel Parade because they were not living in the Irish Channel perimeter. This fun-filled parade usually begins with a pre-parade party at Markey’s Bar and will kick off on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater at 6 p.m. As it rides, it makes multiple “pit stops” before arriving on Bourbon Street and many will gather to watch it pass through the city!