If you happen to visit The Big Easy on St. Patrick's Day, consider yourself lucky. After all, parades is what they do best in New Orleans! French Quarter is filled with Irish spirit during St.Patrick's. You can count on a week-and-a-half of festivities and fun, which include at least three parades and two legendary block parties.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 16, 2024)
For green beer, head to the Irish Channel, a traditionally Irish neighborhood near the Garden District, within a 10-minute walk from Downtown. The annual parade has been held here by the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee since 1947. The Irish Channel block party is usually held on the day before the parade with music, dance, food, and drinks. The Parade starts at Magazine & Felicity St at 1 pm and finishes at Jackson & Annunciation Square.
Tracy's Block Party and Parasol's Block Party (March 16, 2024)
The annual Tracy's Block Party wraps up the Irish Channel Parade. One of the most popular St. Patrick's Day events in NOLA takes place on 2604 Magazine Street in the Irish Channel running from 11 am till late at night. Another street celebration nearby is the Parasol's Block Party, taking place on 3rd and Constance from 10 am to 8 pm with plenty of Irish music, green beer, and entertainment.
Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17, 2024)
The annual Downtown Irish Club St. Patrick's Day parade in New Orleans runs from the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, then goes up Royal, Esplanade to Decatur, and ends at Bourbon St. The Downtown Parade makes its way through the French Quarter, stopping at Irish pubs and bars. This parade includes floats, and the participants throw beads, flowers, as well as cabbages, carrots, potatoes, and other produce to the cheering crowd.
Italian-American St. Joseph's Parade in the French Quarter (March 16, 2024)
The colorful procession by St. Joseph's Society starts at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Convention Center Blvd. and Girod Street. The parade features over a dozen floats, about ten marching bands many participants dressed in tuxedos.