St. Patrick’s Day Block Parties: 5 Tips from a Local

New Orleans goes green as the city plays host to several St. Patrick's Day celebrations. A sea of green usually flows down the Irish Channel, one of the most popular spots for St. Patty's Day festivities. For two weekends, two popular neighborhood bars, Parasol's Bar and Restaurant and Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar throws block parties. If you're planning to head there, these five tips from a local may help you out.

1. Prepare to drink until you puke blood.

Okay, maybe not THAT far. Tracey’s and Parasol’s, the two popular Irish bars along the Irish Channel, throw a full-on block party. Expect the beer to stay flowing. So, come on a full stomach if you want to stay on top of your game. Jeffrey Carreras, owner of Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar explains it best. “Get them fed, and get them drunked up. And let them have a good time.”

2. Consider taking public transportation.

If you live Uptown, consider taking the streetcar. If you live a little further out, consider carpooling or taking an Uber. The crowd out there can get pretty packed, which means parking will definitely be a hassle.  And you don’t want to drive drunk, either.

3. Go green, and dress festive!

It’s ok to go a little crazy with the green for St. Patty’s Day. In fact, you will probably feel left out if you don’t dress up. For sure, wear some green clothing of some kind. Maybe even throw on a little face paint.

4. Get there early.

Both bars usually gets crazy crowded. Festivities get started around 10 a.m., so get there early to avoid getting swallowed by the crowd. Also, things are pretty much over by sundown.

5. Consider BYOB.

Crazy crowds also mean longer lines. Consider bringing a go-cup if you don’t want to deal with the hassle.

6. Making friends could help you with bathrooms.

There will be port-o-potties around the area. So, if you need to use the restroom while out at the block parties, you’re covered. However, if you know someone who lives around the area, that could help give you a cleaner and more comfortable alternative. If you don’t know anyone, consider making some friends while you’re out there. You never know. It could come in handy.