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

St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans means St. Patrick’s Day festivities galore, beginning Friday night with the Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade in the French Quarter, plus the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. Tracey’s and Parasol’s also both host St. Paddy’s Day block parties all day Saturday and Monday. Fashionistas can look forward to a week full of events as NOLA Fashion Week stages its fall/winter runway shows, while the Mardi Gras Indians show off their own elaborate looks this Super Sunday.

All Weekend

1. NOLA Fashion Week – Now in its fourth year, NOLA Fashion Week hosts runway shows, industry workshops and networking events for fashion professionals each spring and fall in New Orleans. This year’s fall/winter collections will walk the runway March 14-22, featuring collections from local Project Runway alum, Anthony Ryan and Matthew Arthur, along with a host of local and national emerging fashion designers. See the full schedule of NOLA Fashion Week events.

Friday, March 14

2. Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade – The 32nd annual Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off Friday evening in the French Quarter at Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur Street) at 6:30 p.m. The parade works its way down Decatur Street and then up to Bourbon, stopping at Erin Rose (811 Conti Street), before heading back to Molly’s. The parade features the Storyville Stompers, the Kazoozie Floozies, the New Wave Brass Band, the Bearded Oysters, the Muffalottas and many more of New Orleans’ funkiest marching groups.

Saturday, March 15

3. Tracey’s and Parasol’s block parties – Two of the best Irish style pubs in the city pull out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day, as both Tracey’s and Parasol’s host all-day block parties, both Saturday, March 15 as well as Monday, March 17. Located near the end of Saturday’s Irish Channel Parade at 2604 Magazine Street, Tracey’s celebration starts at 11 a.m. and goes all day, featuring green beer, corned beef, cabbage and lots more Irish themed festivities. At Parasol’s (3rd and Constance Streets) the fun runs from 10 a.m. til 8 p.m. both Saturday and Monday, with music, green beer, food and surprises in store.

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Photo: Paul Broussard)

4. Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade – For many New Orleanians, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club first hosts its 66th Annual Mass and Parade celebration on Saturday, March 15 at 12 p.m. at St. Mary’s Assumption Church (corner of Constance and Josephine Streets), then parades through the Lower Garden District, beginning at the corner of Felicity and Magazine at 1 p.m. Watch out, as cabbages and other vegetables get flung from floats along with more traditional Mardi Gras style throws like beads and plush toys. Ladies, be prepared to receive roses and kisses from the many gentlemen walking in the parade.

5. New Orleans Sacred Music Festival – Celebrate the convergence of music and spirituality in New Orleans at the New Orleans Sacred Music Festival on Saturday, March 15 at the New Orleans Healing Center. Some of the performers to look forward to on the lineup are the 101 Drummers with War Chief Juan Pardo, Daniel Waples, Nasr Nance, Azitiz and Chuck Perkins. Check out the full New Orleans Sacred Music Festival schedule.


Memphis – The Broadway smash hit musical Memphis hits the stage at the Saenger Theatre this weekend, with performances Wednesday through Sunday night, plus additional afternoon shows on Saturday and Sunday. Inspired by a true story, this Tony Award winning musical follows a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer ready to make it big. The story centers around the excitement of underground dance clubs in 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, which makes the perfect backdrop for exciting musical theater at its best. Tickets are available online at the Saenger Theatre.

Mallory Whitfield is an artist, speaker, and author based in New Orleans. In 2016, she was honored to be included in the 19th class of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans. She currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast, which features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. During Mardi Gras, you can usually find her parading with Noisician Coalition in Muses or with The 501st Legion in Tucks.

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