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Parade Planner: Downtown Irish Club & Jim Monaghan's Parade


With St. Joseph's Day and Super Sunday coming up this weekend, following a week filled with Irish events, it's easy to forget that today is the main day for celebrations. Today (3.17) is actually St. Patrick's Day. The skies are clear today, and two of the biggest parades of the holiday are set to roll around town distributing potatoes, beads, and brews. There will be a few gaelic get-downs at block parties around Uptown. Full details and routes follow. 


Suit Up for Super Sunday

Details & Routes to See Mardi Gras Indians



Mardi Gras Indians only don their suits three times a year. The first is obviously Mardi Gras, the second is St. Joseph’s Day, and the third is a massive meeting of the tribes known as Super Sunday. This year, St. Joseph’s Day coincides with the annual event held by the Mardi Gras Indian Council on the third Sunday of March, so expect celebrations to be bigger and better than ever for 2017. 


Altar-ed State

NoDef's Guide to St. Joseph's Day Parades & Altars



This weekend, as many New Orleanians toast to their Irish heritage and Mardi Gras Indians come out for Super Sunday, the city's considerable Italian population will be celebrating St. Joseph's Day. This day of religious observance honors Joseph, the earthly "father" of Jesus in the Bible. According to legend, St. Joseph saved the Sicilians from from famine by bringing rain to their crop fields; in exchange, the people threw a massive feast. NOLA's significant Sicilian population brough the tradition over many years ago, throwing parades and erecting altars with elaborate food spreads to commemorate the saint. 


Parade Planner: Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade


The skies are overcast today, but that will not stop the Irish Channel from celebrating their namesake St. Patrick's Day parade. So, get ready to catch yourself a stew and pull up those green leggings. Full route and details follow. 


Parade Planner: Mardi Gras Day


After weeks of parades, it all comes to a peak today, Mardi Gras 2017. The iconic Zulu and Rex will roll down St. Charles Ave. In addition to these giants and neighborhood micro-krewes, several other walking parades will keep the city busy on Fat Tuesday.


Parade Planner: Proteus & Orpheus


Skies are mostly clear this afternoon for Lundi Gras, but parade goers should bring an umbrella to the route for Proteus and Orpheus tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms before 8PM. Temperatures are set to rise to the high 70's this afternoon, before they drop down to the upper 60's. Click through for tonight's route.


Parade Planner: Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, Bacchus


Today begins the final parade stretch. The day kicks off at 11AM with the Krewe of Okeanos, followed by Mid-City, and then Thoth rolls along their signature Uptown route at noon. After the break in the parades, actor Jim Caviezel reigns over Bacchus at 5:15PM. 

 


Parade Planner: Iris, Tucks, Endymion


A pair of daytime parades Uptown give way to Mid-City's time to shine on Saturday night. Iris and Tucks preserve elegance and satire, respectively. Then, Endymion once again tests whether there's any limit to the size of a Carnival parade. 


Parade Planner: d'Etat, Hermes, Morpheus


After a year of preparation, Carnival 2017 is nearing critical mass. Tonight, the big parades continue to roll as Mardi Gras grows closer. Hermes, d'Etat, and Morpheus are all set to march down the Uptown route tonight. Keep reading for full details, weather, and routes. 


Parade Planner: Babylon, Chaos, Muses


Tonight is one of the most anticipated evenings in all of Carnival season. The Knights of Babylon kick off the evening's processions, followed by Chaos and the superstar ladies krewe Muses, all on the traditional uptown route. Crowds will be large with the night's mix of old line and new school appealing to all tastes. 


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