It may be raining today, but the Irish are giving New Orleanians a reason to hope for sun this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day alone is cause for three of the City’s favorite parades. In the Quarter, Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day rolls for the 33rd time. Uptown, expect a raucous time at the Irish Channel Parade, and the Downtown Irish Club Parade, an old school classic will cap it off. Details and routes follow.
Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Friday, March 13, 6p.m.)
This year marks the 33rd rolling of this French Quarter staple. Riders roll in buggies threw the Vieux Carre tossing beads. Bands and dance krewes including the Star Stepping Cosmonaughties, the New Wave Brass Band, the Celtic Highlanders, the Bearded Oysters, the Storyville Stompers, the Muffalottas, and Irish Zulu keep the beat. There is also a mobile bar which NoDef’s staff is particularly intrigued by. Basically, this is the Quarter at its best.
The Erin Rose’s Troy Koehlar will be Grand Marshall and his lovely wife and business partner Angie Koehler will be Woman 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.
Irish Channel Parade (Saturday, March 14, 1p.m.)
The Irish Channel Parade is a classic uptown offering. 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.)
For those inclined to repent in advance, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will hold its 66th Annual Mass and Parade beforehand at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Assumption Church (corner of Constance and Josephine Streets).
Downtown Irish Club Parade (Tuesday, March 17, 6p.m.)
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, BJ’s, Mimi’s, 13, Tujague’s and Ryans along the way. Politicians from parishes across SoLa flock to this insider event. There will also be beads and bands. Gary Michael Geraci will serve as Grand Marshall and Karen Geraci-Flores will be Queen. Moecklin is the Man of the Year.