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St. Patrick's Day Parades in New Orleans

Sources:
New Orleans, LA - St. Patricks Day Parade
NOLA.com: St. Patrick's Day

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New Orleans Knows How To Parade!

There’s one place in Louisiana that knows how to throw a parade… or is that stage a parade? At any rate, New Orleans has been throwing, staging…and producing parades (or whatever) since the days of the first Mardi Gras in the early 1800’s. But some of the BEST parades actually have nothing to do with Mardi Gras at all and nobody said the “Irish” didn’t know how to pitch a parade…especially in honor of St. Patrick’s Day? The Quarter really puts on the green for a weekend of partying and parading through the streets… and it all begins on Friday, March 11, 2006… at 6:00 PM!

Jim Monaghan’s Annual Irish Parade is more determined than ever to hit the streets of the French Quarter… surely it takes more than a “wee storm” like Katrina to dampen the spirits of the Irish! The parade starts at Molly’s at the Market and features such Cajun all-stars as the Storyville Stompers, the Kazoozie Floozies and Modine Gunch!

A parade just wouldn’t be Irish without a few green-clad riders on horse-drawn carriages throwing green beads, panties, cups and other green goodies, so keep an eye out for the loot. The parade follows the traditional Monaghan parade route…and if that means nothing to you… here’s where it goes and you would be wise to be there! It begins on Decatur and marches on to Bienville… Bienville to Burgundy… Burgundy to Conti, Conti to Bourbon, Bourbon to Governor Nicholls, Governor Nicholls to Decatur and then it ends where it started back at Molly’s where there’s sure to be plenty of good spirits and maybe a keg of green beer? There’s more information at 504.525.5169 or www.mollysatthemarket.net. Check it out!

If parading just isn’t your thing, maybe you should return home with a bald head…hey, it’s better than a tattoo and every head shaved benefits the National Childhood Foundation! For more information call 504.582.2350 or check out the website, www.stbaldricks.org. All the action takes place on Loyola between Poydras and Girod, men and women included! Be Brave… go bald and remember, it will grow back thicker (or something like that)!

Saturday is another day and that means another parade… or two, but hopefully not before noon! The Irish Channel Parade, the Krewe of Erin St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Ponchatoula should be a real treat… for more info check out www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes.

Metarie sees all the action on Sunday with their very own St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It begins at 12:00 PM (that’s a reasonable hour) and you can call 504.731.7083 if you want a little more information and happen to be in Metairie. Who knows, you might just wake up there on Sunday morning and remember that the parade begins at noon! If you wake up in Chalmette (and many people do), get ready for the St. Bernard Irish-Italian-Islenos Community Parade and the name alone is worth a trip to Chalmette! Now in its 4th year, the parade features over 60 professionally made Mardi Gras-style floats with more than 2000 members throwing potatoes, cabbage, carrots, fava beans, dolls, beads, doubloons… and more. Bring a basket and when all is said and done, you’ll have everything you need to make a great soup!

There’s never a reason to be bored in New Orleans, but come St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish and just about anyone who happens to be “around” get in the spirit and PARADE down just about every street in town… in one parade or another… throwing everything from green beads to green beans! St. Patrick would indeed be proud and pleased to see such celebration in his honor. What a fine time to be sure for a parade, or two or three or FOUR!

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2006 St. Patrick's/St. Joseph's Events

Saturday, March 11

Irish Channel St. Pat's Parade
Noon, Uptown/Irish Channel 
www.irishchannelno.org

Annual parade along Magazine St. around New Orleans' Irish Channel. Parade goers are traditionally pelted with produce (cabbages, potatoes, etc.) from Mardi Gras sized floats. 

For more info, and a map of the route, click here

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Sunday, March 12

St. Patrick's Parade
Noon, Metairie, 504-731-7083
www.jeffparish.net

Featuring 82 Mardi Gras-style floats and trucks, parade goers will be able to grab cabbages and other vegetables, as well as beads and flowers. 

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Irish-Italian-Islenos Community Parade
Noon, Chalmette
www.sbpg.net

25 floats with 875 riders have committed for this year's event. The parade will be starting at Paris Road and St. Bernard Hwy. and heading north and turn left onto West Judge Perez Drive to the Super Wal-Mart, then return back to the starting point.

Throws will include Irish and Italian Beads as well as the customary produce. The Irish/Italian Marching Group, which will be giving out their usual cane flowers, will lead the parade.

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Friday, March 17
Parasol's St. Patrick's Day Block Party
Parasol's Restaurant & Bar, corner of Third and Constance Streets 
www.parasols.com

The green beer and Guinness flow at this annual St. Pat's bash in the Irish Channel.

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Jim Monaghan's Annual Irish Parade
6:00 p.m., French Quarter

Annual St. Patrick's Day parade through the French Quarter features local celebrities and musicians begins and ends at Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St. 

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Downtown Irish Club Parade
6:30 p.m., Bywater/French Quarter 
504-943-0785

The 30th annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, proceeds roughly up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Bienville to Bourbon. The parade makes several "pit stops" on its way to Bourbon St.

Click here for a map of the route

Tune in to BourboCam and watch the parade pass by | More Cams

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Saturday, March 18
Italian-American St. Joseph's Day parade
6:00 p.m., French Quarter 
www.italianamericanmarchingclub.org

The parade resumes its 2005 route, beginning at Canal Street and Chartres; proceeding down Chartres to St. Peter; left on St. Peter to Royal Street; right at Bienville to Bourbon Street; Another right onto Bourbon Street down to St. Anne. Finally, the parade will turn onto St. Ann and proceed back to Royal Street and take Royal back to Canal.

Click here for a map of the route

Tune in to BourboCam and watch the parade pass by | More Cams

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Sunday, March 19
Irish-Italian Parade
Noon, Metairie
www.jeffparish.net

Featuring both an Irish and an Italian Grand Marshal as well as 82 Mardi Gras-style floats and trucks. Parade goers will be able to grab cabbages and other vegetables, as well as beads and flowers. 

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This page last updated March 12, 2006.