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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- St. Patrick's Day in the New Orleans area is unlike any other in the world. With parades and events in almost every parish, there is some kind of Irish fun for everyone in the family. Here's a list of some of the major parades and events going on during the next few weekends in the New Orleans Metro Area:

Friday, March 14-

Saturday, March 15-

The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club holds its 66th Annual Mass and Parade, Mass begins at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Assumption Church (Constance and Josephine Streets) followed by the parade (Felicity and Magazine) at 1:00 p.m. Click here for route.

The Italian American Club celebrates St. Joseph with a parade through the French Quarter. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Convention Center Blvd. and Girod Street, and will feature 16 floats and nine marching bands. Click here for route.

Saturday, March 15 & Monday, March 17-

Annual celebration in the Irish Channel at 2604 Magazine Street, complete with green beer, corned beef and cabbage and more. Tracey's becomes the party at the end of the Irish Channel Parade.

Annual celebration in the Irish Channel and located near Tracey's at 3rd and Constance Streets. Complete with music, green beer, food and surprises.

Sunday, March 16-

The annual Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day parade . The parade begins at noon and features floats and marching clubs. Throws include the traditional Carnival beads, cups, and trinkets, as well as cabbage and other vegetables. Each year an Irish Grand Marshal is chosen to lead the parade. It begins in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, goes down Severn to Metairie Road, then Metairie Road to the parish line.

Monday, March 17-

  • Downtown Irish Club Parade - 6:00 p.m.

The annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, proceeds roughly up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Bienville to Bourbon. The parade makes several 'pit stops' on its way to Bourbon St.

Sunday, March 23-

The Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade rolls on the traditional Veterans Highway route in Metairie. See parade route- The parade starts on Veterans headingEast to Severn, turns Northbound onSevern to 17th, turns South on Severn back toVeterans, turns East on Veterans ending at Martin Behrman. Tommy Cvitanovich will reign as the Irish Grand Marshall and Greg Reggio will reign as the Italian Grand Marshall this year.

Sunday, April 6-

Celebrate all three of St. Bernard's unique heritages with 43 floats, 1,500 members, and 300,000 pounds of produce. Throws include cabbage, carrots, onions, lemons, and potatoes alongside beads, cups, and more! It might not be on St. Patrick's Day, but this parade is one of the best around. The parade starts at noon along the W. Judge Perez route. For more information call 504-655-7555.
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