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Today in NOLA 3.17.17


Feeling green? St. Patrick's Day festivities will be occurring all over town today, offering your weekend fill of beads and beers. Mainline Brass Band will be taking the Maple Leaf stage, while Loose Marbles is holding court at Dragon's Den. Gasa Gasa is hosting Mykki Blanco and Cakes da Killa in a can't-miss show, and Ocean Disco is bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to Bon Temps. As legend has it, the first ever "coffee break" was initiated by the managers of the Delta Steamship company who called some 80 employees to the Hibernia building on this day in New Orleans in 1930 to drink the caffeinated beverage and take a recess. Now, more to do this Friday.

 

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. 

 

Downtown Irish Club Parade (Bywater to the 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. 

 

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. 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.

 

Loose Marbles (Dragon’s Den, 7PM)

The Marbles are a large collective of musicians that built their name playing on the streets. Their performances are a mix of trad jazz, lindy hop, and more than a little vaudeville. Alumni include Meschiya Lake.

 

Ocean Disco (Le Bon Temps Roule, 9PM)

From their humble beginnings busking on the streets of New Orleans to dominating the stage at at historic venues like Tip’s and playing with everyone from Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth, and Phish, Ocean Disco is a NOLA Cinderella story — and with good reason. They combine jazz and blues traditions with a modern electronica twist.  

 

Mykki Blanco (Gasa Gasa, 10PM)

Performance artist-turned-glam rapper Mykki Blanco is set to blow up Gasa Gasa tonight. The gender-fluid, queer rapper/activist offers fiery performances dropping verses that are always politically-charged as well as explosively fun to dance along. Blanco’s “Stunt Queen” tour features Cakes da Killa in support.  

 

Mainline (Maple Leaf, 11PM)

This Nola 8-piece soul-funk band will jam this evening with members of The Soul Rebels at Maple Leaf. Mainline has played with artists including Trombone Shorty, 50 Cent and Eric Krasno. The band consists of Edward Lee, Erion Williams, Julian Gosin, Paul Robertson, Edward Jackson, Charles James, Danny Abel and Jermal Watson.  




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