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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. 

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts temperatures will remain in the low 70s during the day, dropping down to the high 50s tonight. Leave your umbrella at home because the forecast predicts no chain of rain throughout the next 24 hours. 

 

Downtown Irish Club Parade (Bywater to French Quarter, 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.

 

Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Molly's at the Market, 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 at the Market (1107 Decatur Street) and the massive crowds make it hard to miss.

 

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

Tracey's Block Party (2604 Magazine St., 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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