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New Orleans St Patricks Day Parade

Written on February 1, 2016

Downtown Irish New Orleans St Patricks Day Parade

The 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 Canal to Bourbon. The parade makes several “pit stops” on its way to Bourbon St.
Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade

Parasol’s Block Party
Tracy’s Block Party
Irish Channel Parade –
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd.
Downtown Irish Club Parade –
Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) –
Irish-Italian Islenos Parade at St.Bernard

St. Patrick’s Day (on March 17th, each year) is celebrated in New Orleans and its suburb in the form of….another parade! It’s the perfect season for another celebration … after all, it’s New Orleans, and we love to parade!
Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades are considered another opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day outdoors. It seems as if the entire city is on the street with picnic baskets, umbrellas, and their recreational vehicles…enjoying one of the biggest street parties of the year! Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green and give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.
Music adds to the festivities with bands in the parade, and walking groups dancing down the street…only stopping to award their beautiful beads and flowers to the lucky parade goers along the route.
Floats and truck floats (those on flatbed trailers created by the riders themselves) respond to the call, “Throw me something, Mister!” Historically, the parade’s most famous throws are cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies! (You may even see a potato or two in the air!)
St. Patrick’s Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand