The threat of dangerous conditions from the storm causing deep flooding around Louisiana on Friday morning may have closed most schools in New Orleans, but two major weekend events — the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Irish Channel, and Buku festival in the Lower Garden District — are still scheduled to proceed despite the rain.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to start at an updated time of 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, said parade board member Jeffrey T. Delatte after meeting with city officials Friday morning. The parade will begin at Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas, and its route will take it up to Magazine Street, then down Magazine to Jackson Avenue, where it will return back to Tchoupitoulas and disband.
“[The] parade will roll Saturday if it is raining,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office announced. “It will be canceled if high winds and/or lightening pose a safety threat. A final decision will be made Saturday morning.”
Likewise, the Buku Music + Art Project is a “rain or shine” event, said Reeves Price, vice-president of operations for Winter Circle Productions. Half of the Buku stages are indoor, and the other half are built over concrete, Price said, rain won’t cause the mud issues that have affected some other music festivals.
Like the Irish Channel parade, winds could pose a more serious threat to Buku, but current forecasts focus only on rain.
“Rain is not going to stop us,” Price said. “We encourage people to bring their rain gear, because we expect it to be a wet and wild weekend. We expect the weather to clear a little bit and we think it’s going to be just fine.”
Price encouraged fans to watch Buku social media accounts for last-minute updates. As of late Friday morning, the only indication on Twitter was that the rain wasn’t slowing ticket sales.
FYI: The Box Office officially opens at 12:00 PM! As a reminder, #BUKU2016 is officially sold out
— The BUKU Project (@TheBukuProject) March 11, 2016
[Correction: Based an error in the city’s announcement, an original version of this article stated an incorrect starting point for the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade will begin at Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas, city officials have confirmed.]