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March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


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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