Saints Days are Cause for Celebration in March
by Sallie F. Arnoult
Saint Patrick’s Day and Saint Joseph’s Day are cause for celebration in March, and it does not matter if you’re neither Irish nor Italian. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and Italian on St. Joseph’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is officially on March 17th, while St. Joseph’s Day is officially on March 19th. All of the Metro New Orleans area celebrates these Spring festivities, which extend beyond March 17th and 19th. We love a good parade and an even better party no matter what the occasion!
Here’s the line up!
Saturday, March 10th – 6pm start: French Quarter
The Italian-American St. Joseph’s Society Parade will kick off at Canal Street and Chartres, traveling through the Quarter. Since the Maids will be presented at a ball at the Hilton Hotel, they will not maintain the entire route. The marchers and bands will travel the whole route. Throws include beads with Italian flair.
Sunday, March 11th – Noon start: Metairie Road
The route for the Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Parade begins in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue and travels down Metairie Road to the Orleans Parish line. Cabbages, carrots, and potatoes, along with Irish-themed throws are the catch of the day. Great family fun!
Thursday, March 15th – 10am start: Annunciation Park
The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party benefiting St. Michael Special School will be Thursday March 15, 2018, from 10a-6pm. More info here:https://www.facebook.com/events/175336573196206??ti=ia
Friday, March 16th – 6pm start: French Quarter
Molly’s at the Market and Jim Monaghan’s Parade works its way through the Quarter, beginning and ending at 1107 Decatur Street. Riders make their way in carriages, accompanied by marchers. Marchers pass out kisses as they hand out flowers and beads to parade goers.
Saturday, March 17th – 10am ‘til 8pm: Irish Channel
Parasol’s Block Party Celebration is a place to see and be seen on St. Paddy’s Day. The green beer is flowing, music is playing loud, food is plentiful, surprises abound, and there’s a sea of people. No one does St. Patrick’s Day like Parasol’s!
Saturday, March 17th – 10am ‘til 6pm: Irish Channel
Benefitting St. Michael’s Special School, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party serves up a great time for a cause. Annunciation Square is the Place to be for Irish music, dancing, food, and drinks on St. Paddy’s Day. Share the luck of the Irish with St. Michael’s Special School!
Saturday, March 17th – 11am start: Irish Channel
Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party is an annual event at 2604 Magazine Street. The Irish Channel Parade ends its route here. Crazy fun!
Saturday, March 17th – 1:30pm start: Irish Channel
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2018 will begin around 1:30 and takes a different route beginning at Napoleon Ave & Tchoupitoulas. More event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1769796899979029??ti=ia
Saturday, March 17th – 6:30pm start: Downtown
This annual parade, orchestrated by the Downtown Irish Club, begins in the Bywater, at Burgundy and Piety, and traverses up Royal to Esplanade. At Esplanade, the route changes to Decatur and makes its way to Canal St. From Canal, revelers make their way to Bourbon St. Stops are made along the way for revelers to “refuel”, and the party continues on when they reach Bourbon St.
Sunday, March 18th – Noon start: Metairie
The annual Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade rolls down the traditional Veterans Blvd. parade route. It’s great family fun!
Maps of parade routes and party locations can be found at www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com.
Monday, March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day, is celebrated with the construction of incredible altars dedicated to the saint. This tradition was brought to New Orleans with the arrival of Sicilians in the 1880’s. They were honoring St. Joseph for the relief they had received from a famine. Everything on these elaborate altars has symbolism and special meaning. Many altars are private and closed to the public. However, there are many altars throughout the Metro area that are offered to the public and admission is by donation. Restaurants, like Avo on Magazine Street (www.restaurantavo.com), offers a traditional Sicilian style St. Joseph’s altar open to the public. However, reservations are required in advance because their dining rooms fill up fast.