Many don’t know that there is an Irish community in New Orleans that has a long history going back to the early 1800’s. There is an area in New Orleans named the Irish Channel which is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Central City/Garden District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Magazine Street to the north, 1st Street to the east, the Mississippi River to the south and Toledano to the west.
So on St. Paddy’s Day there are Parades which began back in 1947 and a lot of celebrating. There are parades and getting around parade routes needs to be considered if you are going anywhere. New Orleans really loves parades and parties. Saturday, March 17th will bring:
- Finn McCool’s Irish Pub Block Party, beginning at 7pm until the wee hours. 3701 Banks Street
- Irish Channel Parade that begins at 1pm. The parade begins at Constance and Josephine goes down Jackson to St. Charles to Louisiana to Magazine.
- Tracey’s St Paddy’s Day Party from 11am until the wee hours. Tracey’s is located at 2604 Magazine Street.
- Downtown Irish Day Parade which begins at 6m at Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater goes up Royal across Esplanade to Decatur up Bienville to Bourbon.
These parades have large Mardi Gras size floats and instead of beads being thrown they throw cabbages, carrots, onions and potatoes. Only in New Orleans. Previewing homes in this area today takes some planning to avoid the parade routes, trying to park within blocks of these parade routes is difficult.