If you happen to be in The Big Easy on St. Patrick's Day consider yourself lucky. After all, parades is what they do best in New Orleans. You can count on a week-and-a-half of festivities and fun that include at least three parades and two legendary block parties. To try some green beer, head to the Irish Channel, a traditionally Irish neighborhood near the Garden District, is a 10 minute walk from downtown. The annual parade is held in this area on the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day going through Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue.
St. Patrick's parade in New Orleans is not just a vibrant and awesome party, it's also a unique party in several regards. Even though this parade includes walking and floats, beads and flowers, the participants are throwing cabbages, carrots, potatoes and other produce to the cheering crowd. Moreover, a lot of people cook cabbages and eat only them during the day. There are even some, who put the cabbages on the gates of their homes! The parade ends with a huge street celebration in Irish Channel - the Parasol’s Block Party 3rd Street and Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party on Magazine Street.
French Quarter is also filled with Irish spirit during St.Patrick's. The Downtown Irish Club Parade begins in the Bywater and winds through the French Quarter, making stops at local Irish Pubs as it makes its way towards Bourbon Street.