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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
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.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
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