According to a number of sources, the first record of a Saint Patrick’s Day parade ever being held is 1762 in, not Ireland or even Boston but New York city – and it was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. How’s that for a head shaker?
Things have changed a bit since then. There aren’t a lot of British soldiers of Irish extraction holding parades in New York these days but Saint Patrick’s Day parades are here to stay and no one puts them on like we do in New Orleans.
Instead of one parade, we do six. Instead of one day, we do ten. That’s N’awlins!
As you likely know, Mardi Gras float riders toss strings of beads, coins, and other trinkets. During the biggest St. Patty’s Day parade, however, float riders throw these things, too, along with cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, and seasoning packets: ingredients for Irish stew! No boiling water or cast iron posts, though. Phew.
Block parties on Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans are some of the biggest outdoor celebrations of the year. The best of these are held in the Irish Channel outside Tracey’s and Parasol’s. Both of these parties are free and open to the public. Come and celebrate!
Below is a list of the celebrations for Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, March 13-23, 2014:
Parasol’s Block Party – Sat, March 15 and Mon, March 17 – 10am – 8pm
Tracy’s Block Party – Sat, March 15 & Mon, March 17, 2014 – 11am – ’til
Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – Friday, March 14, 2014 – 6pm
Irish Channel Parade – Sat, March 15, 2014 – 1pm
Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade – Sat, March 15, 2014 – 6pm
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd – Sun, March 16, 2014 – Noon
Downtown Irish Club Parade – Mon, March 17, 2014 – 6pm
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – Sun, March 23, 2014 – Noon
St.Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Parade – Sun, April 6, 2014 – 11am
Lodging for Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans
You couldn’t find a nicer bunch of folks to host your stay for St. Patty’s Day than the innkeepers who operate New Orleans’ bed and breakfast inns. Want to know where the best places are to eat? Ask your innkeeper. Want to know the best vantage point for a parade? Ask your innkeeper. Advice for what to do while in the Big Easy? Ask your innkeeper. Ask your innkeeper anything about New Orleans and they’ll know or know someone who knows. Now go try that at a motel or hotel …
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