Kids can never get enough beads! On the heels of Mardi Gras come New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day parades. Put the kids back in the car and head for the fun.
Downtown Irish Club Parade, March 11
The Downtown Irish Club Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Your little leprechauns will love it. See route.
Irish Channel Parade, March 12
This procession in the Irish Channel neighborhood will start rolling around 2 p.m. Organized by The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee in 1947, throws always include beads, flowers, and the fixing for an Irish stew. See parade route.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road, March 13
This parade has been rolling down Metairie Road since 1971. Head there for noon to see 100 floats and trucks, bands, and marching clubs. View route.
Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade in the French Quarter, March 19
The Italian American St Joseph's Society has taken to the streets for this parade for more than 50 years! The procession begins at 6 p.m. with floats, the queen with 100-some maids, and hundreds of tuxedoed Italian-Americans offering up green, white and red beads, silk flowers, and blessed fava beans. View route.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade in Metairie, March 20
Head to the burbs for the Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade. We’ll see you on the Veterans parade route at noon. See route.
St. Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Parade, April 2
The St. Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Community Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. in Chalmette. Come see more than 50 floats, 35 marching groups and 1,500 cabbage-tossing members. View route.