Weekend events include plenty of parades

Lots of smiling eyes on a great weekend to be Irish in metro New Orleans

Don Ames
March 15, 2019 - 6:09 am

The Irish dominate this weekend. There'll be plenty of St. Patty's Day parades and parties in the area.

The parties started Friday night with Jim Monaghan's Parade from Molly's at the Market. 

The block parties at Parasol's and Tracey's kick off Saturday and will continue well after the Irish Channel Parade rolls at 1 o'clock.

Irish Channel Parade spokesman Sean Burke says it's become quite a draw. "It's now become a destination parade, because, for everybody else, this is Spring break. So, a lot to people come in town. A lot of the hotels are booking up, because they got people coming in for the parades."

"We'll have plenty of cabbages," says Burke. "We have roughly about 30 floats, and we have 1,200 marchers that march with us. It's a great parade, supposed to be a beautiful day, so we're looking for great crowds and great weather." 

Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Metairie Road is even bigger. "One of the top 5 parades in the world, for St. Patrick's," says Donald Bock, Captain of the St. Pat's Parade Committee of Jefferson Parish.

"46 floats, 50 trucks, 11 marching units, and we have 4 specialty-type, novelty units," Bock says.

"And, of course, it's always great when it falls on St. Patrick's Day," says Jefferson Parish President, Mike Yenni. "It's like a sea of green on Metairie Road for that celebration. It's usually standing room only. There is no room on that route when that parade hits the streets. I mean, it gets a large group of people all looking to catch their cabbage, carrots, potatoes and whatever else gets thrown off those floats on parade day."

There's also a St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration in downtown Covington tomorrow. and, some non-Irish events are taking place this weekend, as well. 


March 15-17

Amite Oyster Festival 
12 Noon
There is a variety of oyster dishes to sample, as well as an oyster-eating contest, oyster scavenger hunt, a chili cook-off, carnival rides, games and live Cajun, country, rock 'n' roll and reggae music. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 

March 16

Parasol's St. Patrick's Day Block Party (Third and Constance streets, New Orleans)
10 a.m.
 There's live music, green beer, food and other activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Tracey's St. Paddy's Day Party (2604 Magazine St.)
11:00 a.m.
The party spills into the streets where the Irish Channel Parade ends. There's green beer, corned beef and cabbage and more. 11 a.m.-till. Free. The place to party after the Irish Channel Parade.

Irish Channel Parade
1:00 p.m.
The 72nd Annual Irish Channel Parade starts on Napoleon Ave & Tchoupitoulas begins around 1:00 p.m., following noon Mass at St. Mary's Assumption Church, 2030 Constance St. The parade will honor County Armagh, as over 1,400 will wear the counties medallion during the celebrations.

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration (Downtown Covington)
12 Noon
The parade starts at the Columbia Street Taproom, winds through downtown Covington and ends at Rutland and New Hampshire streets with a street party featuring food, drinks and live music. The parade includes Irish dancers, bagpipe players, walking groups and more. Noon-5 p.m. Free.

March 17

Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday (A.L. Davis Park, 2701 LaSalle St.)
11:00 a.m.
Mardi Gras Indians from around the city gather to march through Uptown, starting and ending at A.L. Davis Park, where a Super Sunday festival features live music, food and more. 11 a.m. Free.

St. Patrick's Day Parade on Metairie Road
12 Noon
The annual Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day parade will take place at noon in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, goes down Severn to Metairie Road, then Metairie Road to the parish line. 

Downtown Irish Club Parade
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. WWL-TV meteorologist Alexandra Cranford is queen of this year's parade.

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