Archive for March, 2015

St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and New Orleans is gearing up for its annual celebration. A weekend full of parades followed by the Parasol’s/Tracey’s block party. But in addition to remembering to wear green, there are other things you need to keep in mind this St. Patrick’s Day.

TAKE A CAB – While it’s definitely a day of fun with friends and neighbors, too much green beer can put a dent in your celebrations. NOPD will be out not only for the parade, but watching for drunk drivers. Call a cab—the $20 cab ride is worth not spending the weekend in OPP. United Cab – 522-9771 Nawlins Cab 522-9059

OPP – If the worst happens, OPP Central Lockup is located at 730 South Dupre Street, behind OPP and the criminal courthouse. You can get automated information about someone’s charges and bond amount online at (504) 827-6777. Bear in mind that it often takes several hours for the information to become available, and several more hours for someone to be released after bond is posted.  There are many  bonding companies located around the jail, but a cash bond (if you are able to post it) is the best option—as long as all court appearances are met that amount is usually refundable after any case is resolved.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC – Parking and street traffic are going to be restricted where the parades roll. Plan accordingly, because while spending a few hours watching the parade and catching beads is a lot of fun, you don’t want to be stuck trying to get out of your neighborhood when you made plans to be elsewhere.

PARADES and BLOCK PARTIES – If you keep the above in mind and wear a little green, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the full weekend!

  1. The Molly’s at the Market parade rolls in the French Quarter Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins and ends at 1107 Decatur Street.
  2. The Irish Channel Parade rolls on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
  3. The Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade rolls in the French Quarter Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
  4. The Metairie St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls down Metairie Road on Sunday, March 15, 2015 beginning at 12:00 p.m.
  5. Sunday March 15, 2015 is also the Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday parade, which rolls through Central City beginning at 1:00 p.m.
  6. The Downtown Irish Club Parade rolls on St. Patrick’s Day itself, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Bywater and ending in the French Quarter.
  7. The Parasol’s Block Party Celebration runs from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday March 14, 2015 and Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 3rd and Constance to 3rd and Magazine Streets.