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Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at BUKU in 2015. (Jamal Melancon,

Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at BUKU in 2015. (Jamal Melancon,

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.

[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.]

  6 Responses to “Weather threat closes schools, but Buku fest and St. Patrick’s parade roll on”

  1. Are you saying they shortened the route?

    The original/revised route for this year had the parade starting at Napoleon and Tchoup. Is the starting point now Louisiana and Tchoup?

    • Tim – thanks for pointing this out.

      The City’s official news release said Louisiana (“On Saturday, March 12, 2016, starting at 1:00 p.m., the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Louisiana Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street, proceeds lake-bound on Louisiana Avenue to Magazine Street, turns right onto Magazine Street and proceeds river-bound to Jackson Avenue.”), but the parade board has put out a statement saying Napoleon.

      Obviously, I think the parade board (and you) are correct, but I’ve asked the city to double check before I correct the article.

      Thanks again.


    • One more update, Tim. The City has confirmed the Napoleon Avenue starting point and I’ve corrected the article. Thanks again.

  2. The parade starts at Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas

  3. Thanks, Robert.
    One other issue, though. The city’s official news release you quoted states the parade starts at 1 PM, yet you state in the article the parade start time was pushed back to 2 PM. Just trying to clarify.

    It wouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m throwing a party.

    • No problem. 2 p.m. is the most up to date time.

      From an email sent at noon by Jeffrey T. Delatte, a board member of the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club: “We are pushing for a 2:00 p.m. start time.”

      The start time may remain a moving target, as the club and city officials are meeting again tomorrow morning to finalize. We’ll publish again if there’s any new updates.

      Thanks again for your attention to detail on this. I definitely agree with the need for clarity.

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