March Events in NOLA: St. Patrick’s Day and More

It’s that time again.  Time to think past Mardi Gras to the next big celebration:  St. Patrick’s Day and the celebrations that surround it!  This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday, making for an entire weekend of celebration.  While some events happen in static locations, much of the excitement comes in the form of parades.  It just so happens that the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast is a perfect centralized location to all of the happenings, and we would love to host your stay during your NOLA getaway in March.  Our beautifully-appointed rooms guarantee a great night’s rest each and every night, and a Continental breakfast awaits you each morning to fuel you up for your celebratory adventures.

Before we go into the available holiday activities, we’d like to let you know more about a common part of NOLA parades.

“Throws” from floats are a long-standing tradition in New Orleans parades.  You may be familiar with candy being thrown at smaller-town parades, you’ll traditionally see beads, doubloons, “golden nuggets” (painted walnuts), and a vast number of other small trinkets being thrown at any number of Crescent City parades.  However, you may find yourself confused to see produce flying through the air during St. Patrick’s Day festivities!  Let us clear this one up:  tradition states that vegetables are thrown out so that, by the time you go home from the parade, you should have enough produce to make Irish Stew!   So be on  the watch for cabbage, onions, carrots, potatoes, and garlic, as these are the base ingredients for the dish (you’ll have to purchase the meat and spices yourself).  This holds true of other celebrating nationalities, so other foodstuff might be thrown as ingredients of their traditional meals as well.  So you never know what you might catch at a NOLA parade!

Now that you know to practice your “fly-ball” catching, we’ll fill you in on what’s happening during the Green Holiday weekend.

The evening of Friday March 15, 2013 brings the Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade down in the French Quarter.

Saturday March 16, 2013 brings a pair of celebrations and a parade.  If you plan carefully, you may be able to make them all!  11:00 am marks the start of Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party at 2604 Magazine Street (hop on the streetcar to Fourth Street and walk south five short blocks to get there).  At noon, the Irish Channel Parade Celebration begins at St. Mary’s Assumption Church just 1/2 mile away from Tracy’s on Constance Street.  The Parade then kicks off at 1:00 pm.  If you choose to stay at Tracey’s, the parade does go directly past the establishment.

Of course, Sunday March 17, 2013 is THE big day with an entire afternoon and evening of revelry:

If you are a foot-racer, or if you just want to work off some of the beer you’ll be drinking later, 8:30 am brings the annual Shamrockin Run 8K race from the National World War II Museum to Audubon Park, following Prytania Street until the race reaches Audubon Park where it loops around the north end of the footpath to the finish on the west side.  Registration is only $25, and there is a $30,000 total purse available for the winning.

Parasol’s Block Party Celebration goes on all day between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the intersection of 3rd Street and Constance Street.  This celebration features great food, green beer, and more.

The NOLA St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Metairie kicks off at noon and follows “the hump” of Metairie Road between Severn Avenue (just west of North Causeway Bloulevard) to Focis Street (just west of the channel).  The Downtown Irish Club (http://downtownirishclub.org/index.html) Parade begins at 6:00 pm in the Bywater at Burgundy and Piety and makes its way to Bourbon Street.

Of course, St. Patrick isn’t the only Saint to be celebrated in March.  Among others, Italians also celebrate St. Joseph this month, and often join forces with Irish Celebrations (thus the “other foodstuff” mentioned above).  If you happen to be in town during other parts of the month, you can hunt down these “combined” activities:

At the start of the month, the St. Bernard Parish’s annual Irish Italian Islenos Parade marches on Sunday March 3, 2013, just outside of the city in Chalmette.  Celebrating the three largest heritages that make up the area, this very interesting event features 43 floats and 1500 parade participants.

The end of March brings the Louisiana Irish Italian Parade in Metairie, following Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard between Houma and Martin Behrman.  This event is held by what was once the Zeus St. Patrick’s Day Marching Club.  When this club “grew too large” for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, their founder (the late Eddie Renton, Sr.) gathered his Irish brothers AND his Italian friends to create the Irish Italian Parade in 1983.  The rest, as they say, is history!

So come on down to N’awlins and celebrate during the entire month of March.  During your stay, feel free to ask any questions you might have on these, and any other, activities in the city.  We’ll be sure to point you in the right direction to guarantee you a great time!

 

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