Homes with shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold are ready to spread the luck of the Irish and fill the void of canceled St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Shamrock Our Blocks released its official map of house floats decorated for St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s time to go house float hunting.
Several participants are sharing photos of their houses that are going green to celebrate the holiday. Many of them feature clever titles, and some homeowners say they are even planning to have throws for passersby.
“Just like with Mardi Gras and Krewe of House Floats, it’s going to be a social distanced sort of celebration where people would be able to walk through the neighborhood,” Shamrock Our Blocks co-founder Angela Timberlake said. “Some houses will have throws, and just to see all the beauty and excitement that we would be missing out on another year in a row.”
According to the map, more than 60 homes in the greater New Orleans area are participating in festivities.
While it’s impossible to highlight all the creative homes, we’re featuring a few standouts to help you go house float hunting.
SLIDESHOW: Homes go green for Shamrock Our Blocks to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
'The Chicago Connection' - 924 St. Mary Street, New Orleans
Since the homeowners are originally from Chicago, they decided to mix a little Irish with a little Italian when finding inspiration for their house float design. Pizza, green beer and crawfish — it’s a little bit of everything from Chicago to New Orleans.
'DON'T PANIC...U GOT LUCK!' - 4717 Camp Street, New Orleans
This house float celebrates both St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day on Camp Street. The homeowner said some lucky visitors might event score a lucky bean or grab bag left in the yard for passersby to take.
'Pick A Pot' - 1738 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans
A different pot-o-gold lies at the end of this rainbow at the Carrollton Avenue house float.
'DEEP Southside Irish' - 2211 Onzaga Street, New Orleans
This house float might be a little of an inside joke, but locals should get the idea. In Southside Chicago, one of the first questions Southsiders ask each other is “What parish are you from?” There are nearly 300 Catholic Parishes in Chicago, many of them clustered on the Southside. It’s similar to when New Orleanians ask each other “What high school did you attend?”
'Leprechaun Frolic' - 448 Metairie Lawn Drive, Metairie
This Metairie homeowner was one of the first to decorate when the concept for “Shamrock Our Block” launched. He said leprechauns are frockling about his house float.
'Born Lucky' - 2325 Constance Street, New Orleans
When your birthday falls on St. Patrick’s Day, we think it’s fair to say you’re “Born Lucky.” Skeletons decked out in green gear are the star of the show at this house float.
'Algiers Irish Rebels' - 2407 Danbury Drive, Algiers
Even the West Bank goes green for Shamrock Our Blocks. The Algiers Irish Rebels usually celebrate Friendship Day in Algiers Point, so this title is fitting.
'Sober Lent 2021 Is Canceled' - 1319 6th Street
This house float pokes fun at the slew of cancellations during the pandemic and adds a “sober Lent” to the list. Hey, we get it.
Raising Cane's St. Patrick's Day display - 1406 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans
Why should houses have all the fun? Raising Cane’s said it hired Kern Studios to transform its custom Mardi Gras decorations into a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Complete with giant beads, a leprechaun and a towering version of its yellow Labrador mascot, Raising Cane III, the festive display has been well received by local residents.