Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans

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Planning to spend St. Paddy’s Day in the Big Easy? If so, you’ve made a great choice. With tons of block parties, pub crawls, parades, and more, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day Festivities 

Irish heritage runs deep in New Orleans. And after Mardi Gras winds down and before Easter in New Orleans gets in full swing, crowds gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s another reason to have fun and honor an important aspect of the area’s culture.


The city delivers plenty of planned festivities for all. But the party doesn’t just happen on March 17th. Instead, it’s a celebration that spans almost two weeks. So pick out your best green accessories and decide how you’ll make merry this March.

1. Parades

After carnival ends, New Orleans locals know that they only need to wait a few weeks for parades to start up again. St. Patrick’s Day parades include The Irish Channel Parade, the Downtown Irish Club Parade, The Irish-Italian Parade, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check out St. Patrick’s Day New Orleans for the latest event times and dates.

2. Block Parties

Certain bars and pubs, like Parasol’s and Tracey’s, often host mega block parties in March. Depending on the event, some are free, while others may have a cover or offer special packages that include a few extras. These parties include plenty of music, food, and fun, all while the beer keeps flowing.

3. Irish Pub Crawls

It’s no secret that New Orleans is full of places to grab a drink, with many offering legendary cocktails synonymous with the Crescent City. But St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans showcase the city’s fantastic Irish pubs.


Check out organized pub crawls or plan your own with a group of friends. Some top pubs in the city are Finn McCool’s, Fahy’s, and Molly’s Irish Pub on Toulouse.

4. Balcony Views

Consider purchasing tickets for a parade viewing party. Many bars on the parade route that have balconies offer balcony-viewing parties.


These events give you a birds-eye view of the festivities, serve food and drinks, and provide the ultimate parade luxury — bathroom access. Tickets can be $150 or more and are limited, so don’t wait until the last minute.

5. Indulge in Delicious Irish Food

What better way to honor a country and culture than by enjoying its cuisine? You’ll find lots of local Irish restaurants that won’t disappoint, including St. Pat’s Irish Coffeehouse and Molly’s at the Market.

St. Patrick’s Day in NOLA Is Like a Second Carnival Season

If you can’t make it to New Orleans during the carnival season, St. Patrick’s Day gives you a second chance to experience a slice of the fun. It’s a nonstop party, including parades and pub crawls, full of great food, frivolity, and friendship. Book your stay at one of our convenient and charming NOLA hotels to plant yourself in the middle of the action.

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