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New Orleans St Patricks Day Parade 2017

Written on February 1, 2016

2017  Downtown Irish New Orleans St Patricks Day Parade

Friday, March 17, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
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.

Fri, March 10, 2017
Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Sat, March 11 & Friday, March 17, 2017
Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat, March 11 & Friday, March 17, 2017
Tracy’s Block Party 11 a.m. – ’til
Sat, March 11
Irish Channel Parade – 1 p.m.
Sunday March 12
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon
Friday, March 17
Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Sat, March 18
Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.
Sunday March 19
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon
Sat, April 1
Irish-Italian Islenos Parade at St.Bernard – 12 Noon

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