With St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and Super Sunday all in one month, March means more parades in New Orleans. If you’ve come to the Big Easy hoping to catch a few beads and some insight into our unique culture, you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few activities taking place not far from the Hotel Provincial. Check them out then make your hotel reservations.
Presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society, this colorful procession takes place in the French Quarter with beautiful floats, costumes, and lots of tuxedo-wearing Italian-Americans passing out green, white and red beads, silk flowers and blessed fava beans.
With carriage riders and marching groups, this annual event at Molly’s at the Market at 1107 Decatur Street is a must experience.
The Irish Channel Parade begins at the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas streets around 1:30 p.m., after the St. Patrick’s Day mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. Throws from the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee, organized in 1947, include all the fixings for an Irish stew. See the new parade route here.
Put on your green shirt and head to The Downtown Irish Club Parade. The fun starts on the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets in the Bywater at 6 p.m. From there, it travels up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, and up Canal to Bourbon Street.
On Super Sunday, Mardi Gras Indian tribes meet up with other tribes for friendly competitions involving rituals such as colorful dances and chants. All Super Sunday processions are free and open to the public.
The largest Super Sunday procession is put on by the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council at A.L. Davis Park at Washington and LaSalle streets at noon. From LaSalle, the procession turns left at Martin Luther King Blvd., left at South Claiborne Avenue, and left at Washington Avenue before ending back at A.L. Davis Park
In addition to the Central City festivities, The Tambourine and Fan organization stages its traditional annual Super Sunday parade at Bayou St. John and Orleans Avenue in Mid-City. There are also festivities at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme. Discover more about Mardi Gras Indian Culture.