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Get Your Green on for St. Patrick’s Day in the Garden District!

In the city that celebrates, it won’t be too long before the beat of  drums and marching feet resonate on the streets with more parades and celebrations.

Guests enjoy front porch view of St. Patrick's Day

Guests enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade

There are several St. Patrick’s Day parades that feature walking groups dressed in costumes of green who give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.  The floats that follow the walkers throw beads plus the more infamous cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies!   The Irish Channel parade on Saturday, March 16 passes directly in front of the Grand Victorian.

One of the marching club members decked out in green

One of the marching club members decked out in green

New this year, the annual Parasol Block Party in the Irish Channel has been extended to a 3 day celebration!

On March 19, our city’s Sicilian heritage is celebrated on St.  Joseph’s Day with elaborate altars in Catholic churches and private homes in honor of this saint who provided relief during a famine in Sicily.

Altar at Innkeeper Bonnie's family's home

Altar at Innkeeper Bonnie’s family’s home

St. Joseph’s Day has also been adopted as an important day for the Mardi Gras Indians, an African-American tradition unique to New Orleans. The Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian parade on the Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day is the one time of year all of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to show off their new suits.  Original costumes are created every year and can weigh between 100 and 150 pounds.

Intricate hand-beaded suits walk the streets on Super Sunday!

Intricate hand-beaded suits walk the streets on Super Sunday!

 

We still have a few rooms left for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  You’ll get a front porch view of the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, and you’re a streetcar away from the French Quarter and Super Sunday events.   Hope to see you on the streets!

New Orleans Has the I’s of March

Not too long after the last bead has fallen from the trees (just kidding, they stay there year round), the streets heat up again with the beat of drums and marching feet. More celebrations and parades await the rested reveler in the city that celebrates.

Irish:

The St. Patrick’s Day parades and parties feature walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route. Floats throw beads plus the more infamous cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies! (You may even see a potato or two in the air!)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Channel Parade – 1 p.m.

(passes directly in front of the Grand Victorian)

 

Italians:

March 19th marks the Catholic celebration of St. Joseph’s Day where New Orleanians construct elaborate altars in honor of this saint. The tradition, commemorating the relief St. Joseph provided during a famine in Sicily, began in the late 1800’s when Sicilian immigrants settled in New Orleans. The American Italian Marching club hosts the annual St. Joseph’s day parade in the French Quarter is a local favorite with marchers dressed in black tuxedos proceeding to parade until dark.

Saturday, March 10

Italian American Marching Club – French Quarter

 

Indians:

St. Joseph’s Day has also been adopted as an important day for the Mardi Gras Indians, an African-American tradition unique to New Orleans. The Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian parade on the Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day is the one time of year all of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to show off their new suits. Original costumes are created every year and can weigh between 100 and 150 pounds.

(photo by M. Hinton)

Sunday, March 18

Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indians – 1pm

 

Islenos:

Islenos, or Canary Islanders, were recruited Spanish colonists from the Canary Islands that arrived in St. Bernard Parish between 1778 and 1783. Their annual heritage celebration occurs March 17-18 featuring traditional Spanish food and folk music.

Los Islenos Parade – Chalmette

April 1

You’ll get a front porch view of the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, and you’re a streetcar away from the French Quarter and Super Sunday events. Book your weekend now

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2011

 

Missing out on all of the Mardi Gras parades? Get a taste of the excitement going on now in New Orleans during the Irish Channel Parade. Hosted by the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, this parade captures the essence of festival and celebration in New Orleans. As the parade travels along Jackson Avenue, in front of the Grand Victorian along the famous St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Avenue, and finally, Magazine Street, tourists and locals flock along the sidewalks to view the floats and catch flying beads.

This year the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club will be honoring the New Orleans Saints for their win at Super Bowl XLIV with a medallion. The fun begins on March 12, 2011 at noon for Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. The parade follows at 1:00pm.

The fifth oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade honoring the Irish heritage, this tradition began in New Orleans in 1809. Historically, New Orleans was the largest entry port for Irish immigrants in the south and has maintained a large population of Irish heritage. The only St. Patrick’s parade in the country that tosses beads, viewers have also been known to catch onions, carrots, cabbages, potatoes, and other ingredients for cooking up Irish stew. And don’t forget to wear green unless you want to get pinched all day long!