Celebrating St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day

••• The altar float in the St. Joseh's Day parade. Sharon Keating

March is time to celebrate with the Irish and the Italians, and everybody who wants to be either Irish or Italian in New Orleans. The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club holds an Annual Mass and Parade celebration the Saturday closest to St. Patrick's Day at St. Mary's Assumption Church (corner of Constance and Josephine Streets) followed by the parade. That parade starts at Felicity and Magazine Street and goes through the Irish Channel.

If you're not up for another parade so soon after Mardi Gras, take in the block party at Annunciation Square near Chippewa and Race Streets on St. Partick's Day. There's lots of food, music, dancing, beer, and wine. It's an all-day event. Off-street parking is available. All proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School or go to Parasol's bar for some green beer in a big block party that stretches to Tracy's, a few blocks away, which also has a big party. If you are still in a party mood, go to the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, for another parade that usually goes up Royal, across Esplanade to Decatur, up Bienville to Bourbon. The parade makes several "pit stops" on its way to Bourbon St.

If you're not tired yet remember that March 19th is St. Joseph's Day and there are St. Joseph's Altars all over the city. On St. Joseph's Day. There's a parade that begins at the intersection of Canal and Chartres and goes into the French Quarter.

Super Sunday, one of the big dates on the calendar for the Mardi Gras Indians is the Sunday closest to St. Joseph's Day. The Indians can be hard to find because they don't have an exact plan for their route, but you may catch the Downtown Tribes around on the corner of N. Claiborne and Orleans Avenue, or the Uptown Tribes at Washington and LaSalle streets.

They usually gather around noon.

Other Cities' Celebrations

Not going to be in New Orleans for St. Patrick's Day? Here are other cities that have fun celebrations across the US.