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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Green Scene

Details & Routes for St. Patrick’s Day Festivities



If Carnival came and went too fast for you, you're in luck. St. Patrick's Day provides a mini-season of parades and partying to scratch your itch. In the Quarter, Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day rolls for the 35th time and the Downtown Irish Club Parade, an old school classic, will march from Bywater into the Quarter. Uptown, expect a raucous time at the Irish Channel Parade. Plus, there will be block parties galore. Details and routes follow. 

 

Irish Channel Parade (Saturday, March 11, 12:30PM)

The Irish Channel Parade is a classic uptown offering, running since 1947. It features full sized floats, and the time-honored tradition of tossing cabbage and potatoes to spectators. Marching bands, walking krewes, and dance troupes are interspersed in the mix. Colleges in close proximity and big block parties keep the mood high energy (and alcohol.)

Weather this year has caused the parade to be moved a little earlier, but don't think that a little rain and clouds will dampen the spirit. Tommy O'Brien will serve as Grand Marshal this year. 

Please note that 2017 brings a new route. See map below.

 

Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 17, 6:30PM)

This year marks the 35th rolling of this French Quarter staple. Riders roll in buggies threw the Vieux Carre tossing beads. Bands and dance krewes including the Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties, the New Wave Brass Band, the Celtic Highlanders, the Bearded Oysters, the Organ Grinders, the Storyville Stompers, and the Kazooie Floozies keep the beat. Irish Zulu will be throwing decorated potatoes. There is also a mobile bar which NoDef’s staff is particularly intrigued by. Basically, this is the Quarter at its best.

The Grand Marshal this year is Aaron Frumin. Marquest Meeks will serve as Man of the Year. 

The route is a simple square around the Quarter beginning and ending at Molly’s on the Market (1107 Decatur Street) and the massive crowds make it hard to miss.

 

Downtown Irish Club Parade (Friday, March 17, 6PM)

Also known as the “Markey’s Parade” this walking march is no frills but all tradition. As the club proclaims, they march from the “Old Ninth Ward” (now known as the Bywater) to the French Quarter stopping at Bud Rip’s, Markey's Bar, Mimi's, 13, 30/90, Tujague's, and Ryan's Irish Pub along the way. Politicians from parishes across SoLa flock to this insider event. There will also be beads and bands. Joelle Marie Fabian is Queen this year. Mr. Harry F. Fabian will serve as the Grand Marshal.

 

"Irish Week" at Irish House (1432 St. Charles Avenue, March 6-17)

Sure, it's a little longer than a typical week, but with all the fun at Irish House no one is complaining. The 12 day-long extravaganza all leads up to St. Patrick's Day for a full day of music at the Irish House. The annual mini-fest features contests like "Best Legs in a Kilt," Irish dancing, traditional music, and more. And, yes, there are lots of drinks, especially Guiness.

 

Parasol's Block Party (2533 Constance St., March 11 & 17, 11AM-till)

Tracey's Block Party (2604 Magazine St., March 11 & 17, 11AM-till)

This pair of block parties and post-parade bashes are notorious for the presence and consumption of copious amounts of green beer and flowing Irish whiskey. While party-goers may come for the alcohol, they stay for the company and the corned beef and cabbage. 

According to Tracey’s owner Jeff Carreras, the block party tradition began with the original Parasol’s owner Louis Passauer somewhere between the mid-1950’s to early 1960’s. Carreras has been keeping the tradition alive for almost fourteen years, three of those at Tracey’s. What began with “a few beers and a few friends,” is now a four day long party that attracts “everyone” from “everywhere”—or at least those who think they can handle their alcohol. Tracey's will have plenty of jello shots on hand for Saturday's Irish Channel Parade. 

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