The Irish and Italians are at it again…

Friday, March 14, 2014
Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade -6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Irish Channel Parade – 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon

Monday, March 17, 2014
Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon

Sunday, April 6, 2014
St.Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Parade – 11 a.m.

so you probably know about St. Pat’s but may not know about New Orleans’ connection with St. Joseph’s Day:
March 19th marks the Catholic celebration of St. Josephs Day where Catholic New Orleanians construct elaborate altars in honor of this saint. The tradition, commemorating the relief St. Joseph provided during a famine in Sicily, began in the late 1800’s when Sicilian immigrants settled in New Orleans. Today, St. Joseph’s day is not just for Italian-Americans. Every year, this celebration offers New Orleans natives and visitors a chance to share food with others and for believers, a way to express gratitude for any sort of fortune in their lives.
St. Joseph altars, representing the Holy Trinity, are divided into three sections with a statue of St. Joseph at the head. The devout place candles, figurines, flowers, medals and other items around the alter creating a beautiful, lush and overflowing effect. Since the altars thank St. Joseph for relieving hunger, offerings of food are essential.

2014 parade routes
Here is the 2013 Times Picayune altar list which will be similar for 2014. However, do check online at for the updated list before heading out!

Italian-American Marching Club presents its queen ahead of parade.

About D.W.

Works as an independent researcher, trainer and analyst for public markets and on larger community food systems. Also works in her home of New Orleans LA on sustainable civil society issues through blogging, community organizing and networking.

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