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NOLA St. Patrick's Day Celebration Starts Today


by Brad Rhines

While the Uptown factions continue to divide their loyalty between Parasol’s and Tracey’s, there’s only one spot for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown New Orleans this weekend, as Markey’s Bar kicks off the season with the 2012 Downtown Irish Club Block Party.  The block party is the first of a number of events around town that will have folks seeing green over the next few weeks as the city celebrates its Irish heritage.

 

Starting at noon on this Saturday, Markey’s Bar—640 Louisa Street, in the Bywater neighborhood of the upper Ninth Ward—will host the Downtown Irish Club as they start gearing up for their annual parade, which takes places on Saturday, March 17.  The bar will offer Guinness specials and Jameson specials, will hold a 50/50 raffle where the winner takes half of the proceeds raised, and will have Downtown Irish Club merchandise for sale.  The parade rolls two weeks later, starting at Bud Rip’s at 5:00pm and then heading to Bourbon Street, making stops at Markey’s, Mimi’s in the Marigny, Tujague’s, Ryan’s Irish Pub, and several other watering holes along the way.

 

Uptown, the festivities won’t begin until Thursday, March 15, when Parasol’s hosts its annual block party complete with live music and green beer.  That weekend, Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day party takes place on Saturday, March 17, staring at 11:00am, and the 62nd annual Irish Channel Parade rolls later that day at 1:00pm.

 

While some revelers remain fiercely loyal to a particular bar, club, or neighborhood on St. Patrick’s Day, those of us with no party affiliations are lucky enough to affiliate with every party in town.   

 

For more information, visit this website devoted to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in New Orleans.  




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