St. Patrick’s Day in the Vieux Carré

Our beloved city has no shortage of culture, especially when it comes to parading!

Although there are many other celebrations for St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days throughout New Orleans, here is a list of what’s going on in the French (Irish? Italian?) Quarter during March:

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Friday, March 9

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Practice March 

11:00a.m. – 5p.m. (Assemble at Jackson Square)

When our neighbors from the Channel come to the French Quarter, they do it in style! On Friday, March 9th, around 400 Irishmen (and women!) will practice for their March 17th parade by strolling through the neighborhood, handing out green beads, flowers, and other lagniappe. Their procession traditionally ends at Ryan’s Irish Pub around 5pm – perfect timing to toast them before heading to the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Block Party! Here’s a list of the other stops they’ll make throughout the day:

  • Ryan’s Irish Pub
  • The Kerry Irish Pub
  • Erin Rose Irish Pub
  • Irish Museum
  • Boondock Saint Irish Pub
  • Fahy’s Irish Pub
  • 801 Royal
  • Mississippi River Bottom MRB


Saturday, March 10

IASJSItalian-American St. Joseph’s Parade in the French Quarter – 6:00 p.m.
The St. Joseph’s Society celebrates St. Joseph with a parade through the CBD and French Quarter. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Convention Center Blvd. and Girod Street. It includes 16 floats, nine marching bands and a whole lot of guys dressed in tuxedos. For more information and adorable photos of their famiglie Italiane, visit them on facebook and their website.
See parade route.

Friday, March 16

St. Pat's Molly.pngMolly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Join Jim Monaghan’s posse at their 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl and Parade on Friday, March 16, 2018. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and registration for the day’s activities. After a day of visiting their favorite neighborhood bars, they’ll load up onto mule-drawn carriages that evening to parade through the streets of the French Quarter.

Beginning and ending at Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur. St.), the route will lead marchers down Decatur Street to take a right on Bienville Street, then take a right on Dauphine Street to loop past Erin Rose (811 Conti St.). They’ll march down Bourbon then finally take a right on Gov. Nicholls St. to return to Molly’s.


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Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)

Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Since 1979, the Downtown Irish contingency has paraded annually on St. Patrick’s Day proper. They’ll continue this tradition on Saturday with a march from the Bywater to the heart of the French Quarter. This year’s stroll begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, proceeds roughly up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Canal to Bourbon. Of course, they’ll be making several “pit stops” on the way to Bourbon St.


Sunday, March 18 to Monday, March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day)

The Beauregard-Keyes House will open their annual St. Joseph’s Altar to friends, family, and neighbors again this year!

The Altar will be open to visitors Sunday, March 18 and on St. Joseph’s Day, Monday, March 19. For those who would like to make an offering to the Altar, contributions will be enthusiastically welcomed during BKH business hours (10-4) on Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th.

Interested in learning more about the tradition of St. Joseph’s Altars? Click here!

And check out this listing of many of the St. Joseph’s Altars across the city.