POSTED Fri. Mar 1, 2019
Written by NEW ORLEANS & ME
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Mardi Gras may be but a bead-sodden memory of a few days past, but are we stopping with the parades? Of course not. WE NEVER STOP PARADING. At least, sometimes it feels that way. Anyways, St Patrick’s Day presents us with a raft of activities over the weekend. Here are some of the best, but take this list with a grain of salt, because by far, the most impressive act of the weekend will be the annual gathering of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes on Super Sunday by *AL Davis Park*(Washington and LaSalle).

Molly’s at the Market deserves credit for avoiding the over-Ireland-ization that infects so many Irish pubs — besides a speckling of old Erin/Eire iconography, the bar avoids the self-parody of that overdone genre of establishment. That said, Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade rolls through downtown on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m., and attracts a green-beer swilling crowd of locals and tourists.

The Irish Channel Parade
If there’s a seminal New Orleans Paddy’s Day parade, it’s this. On Saturday, March 16, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club will hold mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church (corner of Constance and Josephine Streets ) at noon, and then, to paraphrase Julius Caesar, “Cry Havoc and let slip the cabbages of celebration.” If you haven’t been, let me explain: The parade will roll from the corner of Felicity and Magazine at 1 p.m., and float riders will be tossing cabbage at the adoring crowd, because why the hell not?

Block Parties! On St Patrick’s Day itself (Monday, Mar 17), there are two (big) parties kicking off mere blocks from each other at the border of the Lower Garden District and Irish Channel. One blowout goes off at Tracey’s (11am), and the other at Parasol’s (10am). Expect much green beer, green tutus, green jello shots and, depending on how folks hold their liquor, green sick. Image courtesy of Parasol’s.

Downtown Irish Club Parade
If you prefer staying downriver on Paddy’s Day, the Downtown Irish Club Parade rolls from Piety and Burgundy in the Bywater into the French Quarter at 6 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.

Finn McCool’s Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party
Or head to Mid-City for Finn McCool’s always awesome St Patrick’s Day Party. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and lasts into the night, with the Wee Parade, live music, and crawfish from Clesi’s. There’s also Irish karaoke till about 1 a.m., which will either be terrible or grand and likely a bit of both. This is one of my favorite ways of spending Paddy’s Day; it’s a bit more irreverent, if just as debauched, as the other celebrations around town.

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