St. Patrick’s Day 2022: Parades, block parties return; see schedule, maps

New Orleans and its surrounding areas gear up for the return of St. Patrick’s Day festivities

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) -- Mardi Gras is over, but that’s not the end of the parades. From the Irish Channel to the North Shore, New Orleans and its surrounding areas go green for the next few weeks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day parades and block parties return for the first time in three years after being among the first events canceled in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club parade, marks 75 years of rolling in New Orleans. The club now boasts a membership of more than 1,200.

Parades in other surrounding areas also return, including the Irish-Italian Parade, a Jefferson Parish staple since 1983. The Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day Parade will also roll again in Jefferson Parish, where Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser will serve as Grand Marshal, and his wife, Cher, will reign as queen.

“We’re thrilled to continue the post-Carnival festivities by welcoming the return of the Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-Italian Parades,” Jefferson Parish citizens affairs director Donna Russo said in a release. “After an extremely successful 2022 Carnival season, we look forward to resuming these beloved Jefferson Parish traditions, which will provide additional opportunities to bring the community together to celebrate with friends and family.”

One notable absence from this year’s festivities is the Molly’s at the Market at Jim Monaghan’s Parade.

Molly’s at the Market owner Trey Monaghan said having to skip this year is a “gut punch.” However, Monaghan’s goal is to soon bring back the event that’s a special part of his family’s legacy, he said.

St. Patrick’s festivities also overlap with the annual St. Joseph’s Parade hosted by the Italian-American Club, which also returns for 2022.

2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Schedule

Here is a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day parades, block parties and festivities you can enjoy around the New Orleans area. Check back for updates as we get them. Contact us if there are changes in schedule.

Saturday, March 12

Covington St. Patrick’s Day ParadeCovingtonNoon
Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day ParadeIrish Channel1 p.m.

Sunday, March 13

Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day ParadeOld MetairieNoon
Slidell St. Patrick’s Day ParadeOlde Towne Slidell1 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

Downtown Irish Club ParadeMarigny - French Quarter - CBD7 p.m.

Saturday, March 19

Italian-American St. Joseph’s ParadeFrench Quarter6 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

Louisiana Irish-Italian ParadeMetairieNoon
St. Patrick’s Day ParadeHouma1 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos ParadeChalmette11 a.m.

2022 St. Patrick’s Day Block Parties

Fourth Annual Covington St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Saturday, March 12

The Covington Celtic Club celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade starting at noon, marching through the historic downtown district and concluding with a block party at the corner of New Hampshire and Rutland Streets, complete with food, beer and live music until 5 p.m. See more info here.

Parasol’s Block Party Celebration

Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17

After two years off, Parasol’s will bring back its annual block party celebration during the Irish Channel Parade and on St. Patrick’s Day at the corner of Third Street and Constance Street. The fun starts at 11 a.m. on both days. Expect music, food, green beer and surprises.

Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar Block Party Celebration

Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17

Tracey’s big block party bash returns for the Irish Channel Parade and on St. Patrick’s Day. Expect lots of green beer, jello shots, music and food. Festivities start at 11 a.m. on both days.

St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou Festival + Paddle Bayou Lafourche

Saturday, March 12

A day of family-friendly fun is on tap for St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou Festival along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in downtown Thibodaux on March 12.

The festival returns, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, as a joint event with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s annual Paddle Bayou Lafourche.

The festival runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes live music, children’s activities and cardboard-and-duct tape boat races. Paddle Bayou Lafourche launch times start prior to the festival from 8 a.m. to noon.

Entry into the festival is $10 and includes free food while supplies last. Entry in the Paddle Bayou Lafourche is $35 per person and canoes are available to rent for $50 per canoe.

For more information or to register for events, visit the website.

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party

Thursday, March 17

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club throws its annual block party on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The block party features Irish music, food, drinks and dancers at Annunciation Square in the 1500 block of Chippewa Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Michael’s Special School.

*All dates and information are subject to change.

Contact us if there are changes in St. Patrick’s Day parades or block parties.

Shan Bailey

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