Uptown construction forces Irish Channel parade to change routes

Lauren Bale talks about a change in the route for the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade.

NEW ORLEANS -- NEW ORLEANS -- The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls Saturday, but it’s faced challenges this year.

Not only has the start time changed due to impending rainy weather, it also had to change its route due to ongoing construction projects.

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However, businesses along Magazine Street are excited about the change. Employees spent the day making sure everything was ready.

"Every year it's just crazy,” Chuck Wattigny, owner of Select Crawfish Company said of the parade. “You try to prepare all you can but it's just madness."

Over at Parasol’s, bar manager Billy Nothnagle agreed.

"It's more stressful waiting for it,” Nothnagle said. “Once we do it, it's nuts. Once we're in it, it's game on, it's fun."

Whether you want crawfish or Jameson, businesses along the parade route are stocking up.

"It's one of the best days of the year for Tracy's and Parasols, and up and down Magazine it's great for business,” Wattigny said.

It’s also an all-day party.

"We'll have one making mixed drinks and one pouring beer and it's pretty much nonstop,” Nothnagle said.

This year there will be all the traditional St. Patrick’s Day favorites in the parade, according to the President of the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Dick Burke.

"Of course you can expect cabbages, potatoes, carrots, the regular throws,” Burke said.

There will also be some changes. Because of Construction projects on Napoleon, parade organizers say for the last few years they've had to switch up the parade routes. But they also say that might not be a bad thing. This year the route will run from Jefferson Avenue to Magazine and continue down Magazine until it hits Jackson.

"We're looking forward to this new route,” Burke said. "It’s very similar to the length of the parade that we had originally so it's a 3 mile parade."

Businesses along Magazine are excited too.

"I think this year's route is going be nice actually,” Nothnagle said. “It's going to be simpler for all the businesses along the route and I think it will go smoother."

So get your green clothes out. Rain or shine, the parade will be ready to roll.

 

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