St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans. If you’ve been, you know. When March 17 rolls around, New Orleans residents and visitors alike flood the streets of neighborhoods like the French Quarter for a day of drinking, merriment, and celebration in the heart of the city.
There are a number of great St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans that accommodate people from all walks of life. Read on to find out about the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New Orleans.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road – This annual St. Patrick’s Day parade goes down on Sunday, March 11 and travels down the main road in Metairie. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in front of Rummel High School, travels South on Severn Avenue, goes down a long stretch on Metairie Road before ending at the parish line. Bring the family and watch as small floats toss cabbages, toys, and beads to the celebratory crowd.
Irish Channel Parade – One of the best and longest running St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans. This 65th annual parade goes down on St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, March 17 – in Downtown New Orleans. The Irish Channel Parade begins at 1 p.m. and starts at the St. Mary’s Assumption Church on the corner of Constance and Josephine Streets. This family-friendly walking parade celebrates Irish heritage in New Orleans with marching bands, Irish costumed characters, and much more.
Downtown Irish Club Parade – This St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Orleans begins at the corner at Burgundy and Piety Streets and travels through downtown before ending on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. This evening parade kicks off at 7 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and features costumed revelers donned in traditional green garb, bead tosses, and a ton of green beer and Irish liquor drinks at the best bars on Bourbon Street.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade – This 30th annual parade goes down on Sunday, March 18 at noon. The parade kicks off at the Clearview Mall in Metairie and travels east on Veterans before ending at Martin Behrman Avenue. Expect big floats celebrating Irish and Italian heritage, marching bands, bead tosses, and over 2,500 participants in this huge, celebratory parade.
2012 Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day Parade – If you’re looking to venture out of New Orleans, the Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day can accomodate. This huge, city parade goes down on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. It begins at the intersection South Acadian Thruway and Hundred Oaks Avenue. Expect a wild celebration great for the entire family rife with marching bands, bagpipers, dancers, floats, and much more.