Mar 15, 2024 - Holidays

How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend in New Orleans

Two women speak closely to each other on a busy Marigny street. They wear green wigs and head-dresses.

A St. Patrick's Day party kicks off in the Marigny in 2022. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Image

New Orleans knows how to party, and even though Mardi Gras wasn't that long ago, it's time to do it all again for St. Patrick's Day. But this time, we're catching cabbages, y'all.

Why it matters: Irish immigrants were once responsible for a fifth of the New Orleans population, according to 64 Parishes.

  • Plus, it's just plain old green-colored fun.

The big picture: St. Patrick's Day parades roll through the Irish Channel, downtown and in Metairie, in addition to other events around the city.

  • Here are four fun ways to celebrate the holiday in New Orleans.

🥕 Go parading: Catch all the regular stuff, like beads and stuffed animals, plus everything you'd need to start an Irish stew, and maybe some bars of Irish Spring soap.

  • The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade is Saturday. It rolls at 1pm. (Route)
  • The Italian American St. Joseph's Day parade rolls in the CBD and French Quarter at 6pm on Saturday. (Route)
  • Metairie's St. Patrick's Day parade rolls at noon Sunday. (Route)
  • The downtown Irish Club Parade rolls at 7pm Sunday. (Route)

🍻 Drink up: Like any self-respecting town with residents of Irish heritage, we've got some great Irish pubs. Pick one and enjoy the scene this weekend. Here are some favorites:

🕺 Dance with the Irish Cultural Network: The organization hosts an Irish Ceili with a dance lesson from 5pm to 6pm at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter on Sunday.

  • The dance continues until 8pm. (Details)

🧠 Learn something new: Stop by the Irish Cultural Museum for a history lesson ... and a shot of whiskey.

  • We dropped by this museum for a recent Axios Pro happy hour and were pleasantly surprised at how lovely we found this new-to-us French Quarter spot. The bar in back is great, too!

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