The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Louisiana!
It is that time of year again when spring is starting to flutter through the air, the flowers are looking to bloom and St. Patrick’s Day marks the beginnings of spring weather. It is a glorious day full of parades, wearing of green, drinking of spirits, and simply enjoying another day of celebration. Down here, people know how to celebrate and come out in full force for the annual events. Here are 15 of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Louisiana.
Located under the Perkins Road Overpass, this is one of the best places to be for the annual Wearin’ of the Green Parade in Baton Rouge. Since the parade was started by dedicated citizens marching from City Park to ZeeZee Garden’s located next door to Ivar’s, the sports bar has become a staple location for the parade for decades. The bar has always has an Irish theme to go along with its sports, pool, skee ball, and outdoor stage on the back patio that makes for the perfect St. Patty’s celebration.
Established in 1949, Tracey’s was the original Irish Channel bar in New Orleans. It moved to its current location on Third and Magazine Street three years after opening as an Irish Channel oasis where the beer was cold, the air was cool(er), and the only color TVs in the neighborhood existed! It was famous for originating the cold beer glass in the city, and today remains a simple place where sports are the entertainment, the food is good, and the beer is definitely still cold. It is open so guests can catch the Irish Channel Parade from inside the bar as it passes right down Magazine Street. The bar hosts their annual St. Patty’s Day Party on both March 11 and 17 from 11 in the morning till closing time.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade Club that started in 1947 leads this historic parade. Bonded mostly through Irish heritage but also a love for the Irish Channel the organization is still going on strong with around 1,400 members. The club has a pre-parade Catholic Mass starting at noon at St. Mary’s Church on Constance and Josephine Street. Then, all the finely dressed men strut down Magazine Street for the parade that begins at 1 p.m.
This epic event is huge in the capitol city. First starting in 1986 as a walking parade from city Park Golf Course to ZeeZee Gardens, what is now The Merchant, this annual event is over 30 years old! Everyone in Baton Rouge comes out to support the parade that has dozens of floats comprised of their own neighbors with original themes. Starting from Hundred Oaks and Acadian Boulevard, the parade winds through the City Park area near LSU Campus. However, the biggest place to catch the parade is under the Perkins Road Overpass where ZeeZee Gardens used to be. The floats, bands, and walkers all come down the bridge, entering into the large crowds that are on both sides of the street. The area is so popular because the history of the parade as well as the numerous bars, restaurants, and apartments in the area.
People from all over Jefferson Parish crowd along Metairie Road for this annual parade. Attendees are encouraged to wear green and bring bags to stuff full of beads, cabbages, and other parade delicacies. Starting at noon in front of Rummel High School, the parade winds through Metairie as it goes down Severn and then onto Metairie Road until it hits the parish line. The motorized floats are often big as people in this area know how to parade since Mardi Gras has just passed. Join the people of Jefferson Parish for this annual parade event!
This St. Patty’s Day celebration in Lafayette is held in Parc International downtown. The event offers live music, green beer, regular beer, drinks and great food vendors from around the city. Sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, past live music acts include Wayne Toups and The Chee Weez. Experience St. Patty’s Day downtown for a concert event that is not to be missed. The whole family is welcome!
The Downtown Irish Club is dedicated to preserving the heritage and tradition of the Irish people in New Orleans. Being an old port city, New Orleans had many Irish immigrants come its way throughout the centuries making the city proud of its heritage. However, since they first started the social organization in 1976, they have maintained the theory that St. Patrick’s Day is when everyone is Irish for a day making their membership large and diverse. Today, the parade goes through the historic French Quarter making for a novelty site to see for all parade goers.
Starting with a toast to City Hall, the parade makes a circle through the streets ending back at City Hall. The throws include thousands of cabbages, carrots, potatoes, and onions along with tons of beads as well as stuffed animals. Citizens of Slidell are encouraged to participate in the parade as a band, float, walking congregation, or anything St. Patty’s that you can think up!
Keeping with the theme, the races coincide with the lucky numbers three and seven. There is a “Leaping Leprechaun” 3K race and a “Magic Shillelagh” 7K race. Both races go through the rolling hills of Kiroli Park making for a beautiful morning run to start off the celebration. Medals are awarded to the winners, but all participants receive an official t-shirt!
This family-friendly event concentrates on preserving “all aspects of Irish, Irish-American, and other Celtic cultures while instilling an appreciation of the heritage for current and future generations.” The festival includes delicious traditional Irish foods, and many activities for the children to enjoy. Celtic bands entertain throughout the weekend at the festival that is held downtown at Parc Putnam.
An Irish pub with a Louisiana attitude! This neighborhood drinking hole in Monroe hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Fundraiser on March 17. Having opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1980, today Enoch’s is a pillar in North Louisiana as a loveable café, pub, and live music venue having had such great acts as Leon Russell graces their stage. The St. Patrick’s Day party is not only the rowdiest, down home party in town for the pub but also serves as a charity event with much of the proceeds going to a chosen charity each year. A great way to have fun and give back on St. Patrick’s Day.
Enjoy an evening on the town in historic Natchitoches where you can “crawl” to nearby bars and restaurants for the NYP St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. One of great events thrown by the Natchitoches Young Professionals throughout the year, this event is sure to not disappoint. The organization is a branch of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce operating under the Community Development Division. Their membership is available to anyone between the ages 21 and 40 who lives in the area, and their aim is to encourage current as well as future business leaders. Get to know Natchitoches and a bunch of young professionals at this year’s pub crawl.
One of the newest and best breweries in the state, Great Raft Brewing also hosts one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Shreveport. Their beer has bold flavors, complementing the southern cuisine of the state. Their Pale Lager called Southern Drawl is crisp and delightful, while the Creature of Habit coffee brown ale is a coffee lover’s dream. the brewery doubles as a pop up restaurant with a full catering menu with craft beers to flatter every dish. Live music keeps the place a party.
Already having over 140 beers in stock along with the widest selection of Irish whiskey and scotch, this establishment is already well suited for a St. Patrick’s Day throw down. Known around town as “The Pub,” this establishment also has a fine menu of great food like the MacFarlane Burger and the seafood cakes. Still, on the special day they offer breakfast, tons of drink specials, live bands, and more entertainment. It is the pubs busiest day of the year entertaining between 1,500-2,000 patrons in past years.
This six-decade-old New Orleans bar and restaurant hosts an annual St. Patty’s Day Block Party. Guests can grab some delicious grub like the Irish Sundae, which is a potato salad topped with roast beef tips, or a classic shrimp po’boy. Located on 3rd and Constance right near Magazine Street the block party is a perfect place to catch the Irish Channel Parade. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. music, food, green beer, special prizes, and more are all available at Parasol’s.