Sift through that heap of leftover Mardi Gras beads and pull out the green ones. New Orleans starts the St. Patrick’s Day party early (is there another time?) with a full schedule parades, local and visiting Irish musicians, lots of bagpipes and gallons of green beer.
Of course, if it’s the beer you care about, you may want to revisit Nora McGunnigle’s 2014 guide to Irish beer on tap in New Orleans
. Here’s your guide to this year's Irish-themed celebrations, from an edifying and educational historical lecture to a Bourbon Street bar crawl to the five-mile Shamrockin' Run race. Erin go Bragh!
Jim Monaghan's St. Patrick's Day Parade
Revelers march and ride in carriages in the annual parade that begins and ends at Molly's at the Market.
6 p.m. March 13, starting at Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net
Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club's annual parade proceeds from the corner of Felicity and Magazine streets through the Irish Channel and Garden District.
1 p.m. March 14, starting at Felicity and Magazine streets
Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day Parade
Metairie's St. Patrick's parade proceeds down Severn Avenue and Metairie Road from Archbishop Rummel High School.
Noon March 15, starting at Archbishop Rummel High School, 1901 Severn Ave., Metairie
Slidell St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Slidell’s St. Patrick’s Day parade circles Olde Town Slidell, beginning and ending at City Hall.
1 p.m. March 15, starting at Slidell City Hall, 2045 2nd St., Slidell
Downtown Irish Club Parade
The St. Patrick's Day Parade proceeds from the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter, concluding on Bourbon Street (because there’s no Irish Whiskey Street).
6 p.m. March 17, starting at Burgundy and Piety streets
Parasol's Block Party Celebration
Parasol's hosts St. Patrick's Day block parties on March 14 and 17 with green beer, drink specials, corned beef and cabbage and “Irish sundae” potato salad.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 14 and 17 at Parasol's Restaurant & Bar, 2533 Constance St., 504-302-1543; www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com
Tracey's St. Paddy's Day Party
Tracey's hosts all-day parties with a DJ, drink specials, green beer and corned beef and cabbage on March 14 and 17. On March 14, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade concludes at Tracey’s.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 14 and March 17 at Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar & Restaurant, 2604 Magazine St., (504) 897-5413; www.traceysnola.com
Finn McCool’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
Finn McCool’s block party features music by the Maggie Belle Trio and the NOFD Pipes and Drum Band, plus free Irish food and a miniature parade. There’s a prize for the best decorated potato.
2 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 17 at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080
The final event in the Fun Under the Frescoes concert series features the Crescent City Celtic Band with guest singer Chef Matt Murphy, the McTeggart Irish dancers and bagpiper Kevin Bacon. (Bagpipes are usually associated with Scotland, but they’ve been played in Ireland for almost as long.) Tickets are $10, including three drinks.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance St., (504) 524-8116; www.stalphonsusneworleans.com
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”
Opera group Bon Operatit! performs Irish music in the hotel's Puccini Bar.
7 p.m. March 11 at Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, 541 Bourbon St., (504) 524-7611; www.bonoperatit.com
Dublin City Ramblers
The Dublin-based Irish folk band performs on March 13 as part of Irish Week 2015
. Tickets are $35. The Irish House also hosts a free Big Easy Traditional Irish Music Session every Monday, and the Pipes and Drums of New Orleans practice bagpipes outside the restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day and every Tuesday.
6:30 p.m. March 13 at Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com
Even Germanic Deutsches Haus is going green for a day. Irish-born musician Danny O’Flaherty performs ballads and traditional music from the Emerald Isle. Tickets are $20 for non-members.
6 p.m. March 14 at Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood St., Metairie. (504) 522-8014
Kilts of Many Colours Pipe Band
The Northshore's bagpipe and drum group perform on St. Patrick’s Day in the French Market, marching from the Flea Market to the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at the French Market, corner of Gov. Nicholls Street and French Market Place, (504) 522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org
Live music at Kerry Irish Pub
The French Quarter Irish bar hosts Irish music all afternoon and evening on St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic singer-songwriter Beth Patterson at 11:30 a.m., Speed the Mule at 3:30 p.m. and Roux the Day at 7:30 p.m.
March 17 at 331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954; www.kerryirishpub.com
Nonprofit The Creativity Collective hosts a leprechaun bar crawl fundraiser in Mid-City with stops including Cafe Degas, Swirl, Pals Lounge, Parkway Bakery & Lounge and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
3 p.m. March 7, starting at Nonna Mia, 3125 Esplanade Ave.; www.leprecrawl.com
St. Patrick's Day bar crawl
Barcrawls.com hosts two holiday bar crawls in the French Quarter. Tickets start at $10.
Noon March 14 and 17, starting at Bourbon Heat, 711 Bourbon St., 504-324-4669; www.barcrawls.com/neworleans
MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE
The eight kilometer St. Patrick's Day run stretches from the National World War II Museum to Audubon Park and offers $70,000 in total prizes. The post-race party includes food and Guinness beer. Registration is $40 before March 10, or $50 the day of the race.
9 a.m. March 15, starting at National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 527-6012; www.shamrockinrun.com
Hidden Histories of New Orleans: The Irish
Historian and author Laura Kelley gives a free lecture on the history and influence of Irish culture in New Orleans. Kelley also appears in support of her book, The Irish in New Orleans
, at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal St.), at 7 p.m. March 10 at the East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie) and at 6 p.m. March 11 at Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple St.).
6 p.m. March 12 at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www.louisianastatemuseum.org/museums/the-old-us-mint