As a kid, I wasn’t particularly excited about Saint Patrick’s Day because we weren’t Irish, and so it wasn’t a big deal in our family. As an adult, though, I absolutely love celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the New Orleans area! It's honestly my favorite part of springtime down here. There are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy and best of all, most of them are free! Let me share with you some fun ways that you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans in 2023.
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St. Patrick's Day Parades In New Orleans
One of my favorite things about St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans are the parades! I love catching a month's worth of produce from a float. Sadly this year Jefferson Parish has new rules that have banned lemons, limes, and potatoes from the parades and cabbages can only be handed not thrown. There will still be plenty of green beads, moon pies, and fun!
Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 1:00 pm. It starts on the corner of Napoleon Ave & Tchoupitoulas.
Metairie Road St. Patrick's Parade
Sunday, March 12, 2023, at NOON. It starts in front of Rummel High School, goes down Severn Avenue to Metairie Road, then Metairie Road. to the parish line.
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade
Sunday, March 19, 2023, at NOON and follows the traditional Veterans Blvd route but does not turn down Bonnabel.
Italian-American St. Joseph's Parade
Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 6 pm. It starts at Convention Center Blvd and Girod St. and runs through the French Quarter.
Gretna Irish-Italian Parade
Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 1 pm. The parade starts at Franklin and Burmaster and ends at Huey P Long Ave and 4th Street. There is an after party under the Market with Bag of Donuts from 3-6 pm.
St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at NOON and rolls down W. Judge Perez Drive.
St. Patrick's Day Story Times and Crafts at the Jefferson Parish Library
Get your little leprechauns into a St. Paddy's Day mood with festive stories and crafty creations! Local libraries have plenty of fun activities to keep kids happy!
Arts & Crafts: Leprechauns
Children ages 4-12 can make leprechauns at the Old Metairie Library on Saturday, March 4th from 2-3 pm.
Take & Make Craft: Leprechaun
Children ages 3 and up can make a leprechaun craft at the Westbank Regional Library while supplies last on Sunday, March 5th from 12-5 pm.
Teen Craft: St. Patrick’s Day Keychains
Teens can make St. Patrick's Day keychains at the Westbank Regional Library Teen Center on Monday, March 6th from 3-4 pm.
Family Storytime and Craft: St. Patrick’s Day!
Children ages 3 and up can listen to I’m a Leprechaun by Mallory Loehr and can make a paper plate pot of gold craft at the Westbank Regional Library Children's Stage Area on Saturday, March 11th from 10:30-11:30 am.
Saturday Story Time: St. Patrick’s Day
Children ages 3-7 can listen to It’s St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert at the Gretna Library on Saturday, March 11th from 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Read and Sing Story Time: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Toddlers can sing songs and listen to Happy St. Patrick's Day and make a Leprechaun Crinkle Tissue Sign at Lakeshore Library on Wednesday, March 15th from 10:30-11 am.
Story Time with Craft: Green
Toddlers and preschoolers can sing songs and listen to Where is Green Sheep by Mem Fox and make marshamallow shamrocks at the North Kenner Library on Wednesday, March 15th from 10:30-11:30 am.
Story Time with Craft: St. Patrick’s Day
Children ages 3-7 can listen to The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing and make Lucky Gnome Handprints at the Lafitte Library on Wednesday, March 15th from 11-11:30 am.
Celebration of Irish Literature
Adults and teens can celebrate Irish Literature by reading and sharing their personal favorites at the North Kenner Library on Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8 pm.
Story Time: St. Patrick’s Day
Children up to age 7 can listen to How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace and make a pot of gold rainbow craft at the Live Oak Library on Thursday, March 16th from 3-4 pm and Saturday, March 18th from 11 am – 12 pm.
Story Times for School Age Children: St. Patrick’s Day
Children ages 3 1/2-11 can listen to O’SULLIVAN STEW by Hudson Talbot and make a lucky charm necklace at the Harahan Library on Thursday, March 16th from 4-5 pm.
Story Time with Craft: Rainbows
Children up to age 7 can listen to There is a Rainbow by Theresa Trinder and make a fruit loop rainbow at the Lafitte Library on Wednesday, March 22nd from 11-11:30 am.
New Orleans Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations for Adults
Are you ready to join the festive celebration at one of the biggest street parties of the year and party hard like a true Irishman? Get your game face on for St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans! Celebrate with epic block parties, traditional live music, green beer flowing from taps as far as the eye can see – plus an extra special treat of Irish coffee. Embrace Irish heritage and rich history of the City of New Orleans this March 17th at any one of these amazing pubs around town!
Parasol's Bar Block Party
Saturday, March 11th from 10 am – 8 pm at 3rd and Constance in the Irish Channel – lots of green bear, food, live music, surprises and fun!
Tracy's Block Party
Annual celebration at the end of the Irish Channel (2604 Magazine Street) with lots of green beer, corn beef and cabbage, and fun on Saturday, March 11th from 11 am – til.
Irish Channel Block Party
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Annunciation Square with live Irish music, food, drinks and more on Friday, March 17th at 1pm. Proceeds from the Irish Channel Block Party benefit St. Micheals Special School.
Downtown Irish Club Parade
Friday, March 17th at 7 pm. The parades starts at the corner of Burgundy and Piety, goes across Royal St. to Decatur Street up Canal Street and ends on Bourbon Street. The parade makes pit stops alone the way!
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
Finn MacCool's (3701 Banks Street) is always a great place to spend St. Patrick's Day with a block party, Irish Stew, Irish dancing and life music!
NOLA On TAP
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 18th with the city's largest beer festival featuring craft beers, dozens of home-brews, 3 stages of live entertainment, Brewtality Wrestling, and the very first Doggie Drag Show, pet adoptions and more all supporting the LASPCA. Purchase tickets here.
How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans?