As with any other holiday, Louisiana transforms what would otherwise be a fairly ordinary St. Patrick's Day celebration into one of epic proportions, spanning multiple days with parades and parties.
Dating back to the seventeenth century, the Irish immigrated to the United States in search of a better life for themselves and their families. Many of these immigrants ended up in South Louisiana. They settled into an area south of Magazine Street that became known as the Irish Channel, as well as nearby areas in Jefferson Parish.
The Annual Metairie Road Day Parade commemorates St. Patrick's Day in Metairie. The parade, popular with both children and adults, includes floats, marching clubs, traditional carnival beads, cups, and trinkets, as well as cabbage and other vegetables! The parade will follow its traditional route, beginning in front of Archbishop Rummel High School and continuing down Metairie Road.
The Louisiana Irish-Italian parade, which rolls down Veterans Blvd. a week later to celebrate the unity of the two cultures in Louisiana, brings the St. Patrick's Day celebrations to a close. The parade, which has been a Jefferson Parish tradition since 1983, will follow the traditional Mardi Gras Day parade route, excluding Bonnabel Blvd.
Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Noon
Irish-Italian Parade Route
Sunday March 19th, 2023 at 12:00pm
Photos from the parade routes
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