8 things to do this weekend: March 15 – 17

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with parades all weekend.

Pull out those parade ladders once again! The New Orleans metro area goes green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This weekend also prompts events honoring St. Joseph's Day. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

St. Patrick's Day Parades

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

From the Irish Channel to the North Shore, New Orleans and its surrounding areas go green this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Five local parades hit the metro area this weekend— in the French Quarter, Downtown, Irish Channel, Covington and Metairie. Expect bagpipes and plenty of produce.

  • Molly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade – (Route) Friday at 6 p.m., French Quarter
  • Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade(RouteSaturday at 1 p.m., Irish Channel
  • Covington St. Patrick’s Parade – (Google Map) Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Covington
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road (Route) – Sunday at noon, Old Metairie
  • Downtown Irish Club Parade (Route) – Sunday at 6 p.m., Downtown

See full list of St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations

Smash Broadway hit 'Hamilton' at Saenger Theater

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

The highly-anticipated, award-winning musical “Hamilton” heads to New Orleans as part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. The show opened on Tuesday, and runs until March 31. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it explores the founding father’s life through rap, R&B, soul and traditional show tunes. Patrons are advised to check the official Hamilton channels and Ticketmaster for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

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New Orleans Home & Garden Show

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

Find everything for your home under one roof at this home and garden expo. The New Orleans Home and Garden Show will take over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend. Hundreds of vendors will feature everything that you need to take care of both your indoor and outdoor needs. Cooking demonstrations, seminars and workshops are all part of the weekend schedule. Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for military and free for kids 12 and under.

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St. Joseph's Altars around New Orleans

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17

Get a jump start on visiting beautiful and bountiful altars around the New Orleans area that honor the Catholic feast day of St. Joseph. Some church parishes and organizations will open altars to the public as early as Friday for viewings ahead of St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on Tuesday, March 19. Many altars include items like Italian bread, fava beans, fruit and the traditional Italian cookies.

See full list of 2019 St. Joseph's altars.

Inaugural New Orleans Original Brass Fest

Saturday, March 16

Save Our Brass Culture Foundation hosts the inaugural New Orleans Original Brass Fest, a celebration of New Orleans music, heritage and culture, at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The one-day event will bring more than 15,000 music lovers from around the country to Armstrong Park. The full-day features brass band performances, second line parades, high school band performances, New Orleans cuisine and arts and crafts. The festival line-up features local favorites Big Sam Funky Nation, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Big 6 Brass band, Stooges Brass Band and more. Tickets start at $10 for general admission. Proceeds benefit the Saving Our Brass Culture Foundation.

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2019 UNCF Mayor's Mask Off After Party

Saturday, March 16

Celebrate a fun evening with New Orleans’ young professionals for a great cause. UNCF New Orleans is inviting you to the first-ever Mask Off After Party, which will immediately follow the 2019 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball. The event happens on at 10 p.m. on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship for a deserving college bound student in the community.

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Uptown Super Sunday

Sunday, March 17

Uptown Super Sunday is the first of three annual celebrations where Mardi Gras Indian Tribes gather to honor their heritage and culture in a magnificent display of hand-sewn suits, singing, dancing and chanting. Festivities begin around noon at A.L. Davis Park, followed by a second-line parade at 1 p.m. This year’s festival will feature two stages and more than 50 craft vendors. The event is free and open to the public. Performers include Hot 8 Brass Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Lucky LOU, DJ Captain Charles, DJ Jubilee, SOSU w/Lady D, Young Men Olympians, Lady Buckjumpers, B.R.W. R&B Singing Group and more.

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Pink: 'Beautiful Trauma World Tour' at Smoothie King Center

Sunday, March 17

International pop icon Pink brings her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” to New Orleans on Sunday. Most recently known for her aerial-singing stunts, the highly-praised show makes a stop at the Smoothie King Center. The show starts at  7:30 p.m.

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