Photo Collections from the St Patrick’s Day Parades in New Orleans
It came as no surprise to me that when I headed down to New Orleans for St Patrick’s Day weekend – the parade would be lively. I had no idea that, on top of the exuberance of the town, that there would be a little more than meets the eye! Of course, party is what New Orlean’s is all about…and one parade was just not going to be enough! St Patrick’s in New Orleans is more of a weekend than a day!
After wandering around town, crowds gathered along Decatur St for the 6 o’clock parade on Friday night. This was Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade. Making it’s way through the French Quarter was an assortment of carriages and marching groups. Everyone was happy to be there. Beads were flying, kids and adults alike were vying for the best places to see the action and arms were in the air as goodies flew into the crowds.
Saturday saw the 66th annual Mass and Parade, starting at St Mary’s Assumption Church. I didn’t make it to this parade, but have to say – from what I have hear – it was a colourful event!
Sunday – I was told to head down to the Metairie Road Parade for more amazing weekend festivities. Perhaps not the best advice for a solo tourist as a number of taxis refused to take me! How I would be getting back to town, I had no idea, but I was off to make the most of it and the 3rd cab was the charm! The Metairie Road parade was huge…but more of a local affair. It was out in the burbs and families and friends were lining the route. Bbq’s and tables of crawfish took over the sidewalks and football was being played in the street as the crowds waited for the floats to arrive.
It was a hugely festive day and the sea of green went as far as the eye could see! I didn’t see much of the parade – it was 2 hours late – but what I did see was impressive! The crowds went wild as the parade stopped every 20 feet. People got out of the floats to give kisses to their friends in the crowds, shake peoples hands and dance an Irish jig. Beads and food were thrown from the floats. Turns out part of the tradition includes collecting vegetables for dinner! I had no idea – but was warned that soon cabbages, carrots and onions would be making their way to the people – no wonder everyone came with empty bags – a lesson to the uninitiated!
Closer to town…the Tracey’s St Paddy’s Day Party sounded like the real deal with a huge block party – green beer all round! There was also a Downtown Irish Club Parade to make round out the weekend! Irish or not…the party on Bourbon St would be going all day and night! New Orleans on St Patricks day was clearly the place to be!