Shamrock Our Blocks: See the house floats popping up for St. Patrick’s Day

Inspired by the Krewe of House Floats during Mardi Gras, organizers challenge New Orleans to decorate their homes for St. Patrick’s Day with “Shamrock Our Blocks.”

If you thought house floats were going away, think again. This time, they’re getting an Irish twist for St. Patrick’s Day.

One Metairie homeowner is among the first to transform his house for “Shamrock Our Blocks.”

Edward Cox’s “Leprechaun Frolic” house float is located at 448 Metairie Lawn Drive in Metairie. Source: NOLA Weekend Photo

“I’m basically calling it leprechaun frolic because they’re frolicking all over the place,” homeowner Edward Cox said.

It’s a new concept springing up, hoping to spread the luck of the Irish to local neighborhoods.

“So that we can once again share our culture and share our faith, share our love of the city because there’s so much here to love and to share,” Cox said.

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Cox says jumping on board early wasn’t a stroke of luck. In fact, he already decorates for all the major holidays.

“I’m hoping that this brings this kind of decorating back to the neighborhoods, to the city,” Cox said.

This house float, titled “Born Lucky,” is located at 2325 Constance Street in New Orleans. Source: NOLA Weekend Photo

In parts of the Lower Garden District, near the Irish Channel, more decorated homes are popping up. Organizers say they hope the trend takes off citywide.

“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.

For Shamrock Our Blocks, you’ll feel the Irish spirit from the Crescent City to the Windy City.

“Since we’re teaming up with the Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day parade organization in Chicago, we’re going to make a live map of all the house floats in the New Orleans area and the Chicago area so we can follow that,” Cox said.

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Organizers said dozens of homes have already signed up.

“We’re having signs ordered, so the houses will be easily identified. Cabbages, carrots, potatoes…hopefully, people will be catching those too,” Timberlake said.

So you shouldn’t have to get lucky to find the nearest pot of gold.

For more information about Shamrock Our Blocks, join the Facebook group or follow the Facebook page.

We want to see your St. Patrick’s Day house floats! Contact us here, and send us photos, address, your name and your house theme.


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