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GoNOLA Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

In New Orleans, St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a day. See just how to celebrate with our insider’s guide.

The Irish Channel (Photo: Paul Broussard)

St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a one day celebration in New Orleans. Festivities span several days with parades, block parties, and more. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, March 17, but you’ll find New Orleans celebrating much before then. Give yourself a little time to mourn the passing of Mardi Gras, and then get ready for the next celebration with our St. Paddy’s Day roundup. To see a glimpse of St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, see our GoNOLA video below and check out the guide to make your picks.

Thursday, March 14

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club block party

Annunciation Square, 10 a.m.
Party all day at this block party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Irish music, food, and drinks aplenty will be available while the proceeds go to benefit St. Michael Special School.

Lucky lasses and lads might get a flower during the St. Patrick's Day Parades. Real cabbages are another coveted catch. (Photo: Paul Broussard)
Lucky lasses and lads might get a flower during the St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Real cabbages are another coveted catch. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Friday, March 15

Molly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade

1107 Decatur St., 6 p.m.

Molly’s at the Market has the most well-decorated walls of any Irish bar that I’ve ever visited. It also has the best frozen Irish coffee in New Orleans — and that’s in a city where there’s multiple options for said cocktail, including the wonderful concoction at Parasol’s. The parade at Molly’s — complete with marching parades and carriage riders — also puts you in a perfect position to enjoy the French Quarter and its accompanying St. Pat’s revelry. This parade begins and ends at 1107 Decatur St.

Saturday, March 16

Parasol’s Block Party Celebration

3rd and Constance Street, 10 a.m.

It’s an all-day block party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Parasol’s. Come get your green beer and order the roast beef po-boy if you get hungry.

Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party

2604 Magazine St., 11 a.m.

Just up 3rd Street from Parasol’s, Tracey’s is at the end of the Irish Channel Parade.

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The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Irish Channel Parade

Starts at Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street, 1 p.m.

The parade is preceded by a mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at noon, which is located at the Constance and Josephine streets. The parade kicks off at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street. Simultaneously, two of the most iconic bars in the Irish Channel — Tracey’s and Parasol’s —will be throwing parties. Tracey’s, which is right on Magazine Street, is a great spot to start your post-parade carousing, while just down the street, Parasol’s block party goes into the evening.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Pat O’Brien’s (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Sunday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)

St. Patrick’s Day at Pat O’Brien’s

718 St Peter St., Doors open at 10 a.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Pat O’Brien’s way. It’s an all-day affair down here in the French Quarter, with doors to this party opening at 10 a.m. Expect Irish food and drink specials all day long and well into the night.

Downtown Irish Club Parade

Burgundy and Piety Streets, 6 p.m.

The Downtown Irish Club Parade starts at Bud Rips on the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets in the Bywater neighborhood, heads up Royal, then across Esplanade to Decatur, and up Canal to Bourbon Street ending at Bourbon and Orleans. In a city that specializes in parades, the Downtown Irish Club Parade is one of the most memorable. Don’t worry, there are plenty of “pit stops” for all sorts of refreshments.

Lagniappe

St. Joseph’s Parade

Convention Center Boulevard and Girod Street, 6 p.m.
One of the best things about these extended St. Patrick’s festivities is that it overlaps with some other special celebrations. The Italian-American Club hosts the St. Joseph’s Parade, which heads out from the intersection of Convention Center Boulevard and Girod Street at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and goes through the French Quarter. Much like the Irish Channel Parade, there are a lot of people in tuxedos. And there are 16 floats and nine marching parades — what more could you ask for?

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