Despite the dire weather forecast, warm sunshine and light breezes blessed watchers and riders Saturday (March 12) at the 2022 Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After a two-year hiatus, the annual parade was back rolling through the Lower Garden District with what organizers, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee, said was “the largest membership ever (1,400 plus).”
Beads, toys, candy and cabbages were tossed from 29 floats. Walking club members passed out flowers, along with kisses for friends and family.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade will roll today (March 12) for the first time in two years. Although the sun will shine, riders, musicians and marchers will have low temperatures and high winds to contend with. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the 40s, with an afternoon high near 51 degrees, and a 15 to 25 mph north wind, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Green beads and cabbages will fly from 29 full-sized floats with 60 riders each.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning after a two-year hiatus. Magazine Street in the Channel will be awash in green on Saturday (March 12), with the parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Felicity and Magazine streets. One of the first events canceled by pandemic precautions in 2020, the parade is back in full force. The Irish Channel St.
The Krewe of Bacchus had announced plans to hold its super-parade, before Mayor LaToya Cantrell called off the 2021 parade season. The superkrewe has not given up. It’s just, like many events this year, going virtual. Clark Brennan, captain of Bacchus, announced Monday that Bacchus will have a virtual parade in 2021 using the new “Throw Me Something Bacchus!” mobile app.
Groups of green-garbed revelers strolled the streets of the Irish Channel Saturday (March 14) with the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Men were dressed in their tuxedos and kilts while the women were draped in green and glitter. The crowd kept growing, however, and the New Orleans Police Department had to step in and break it up later in the evening, saying the event violated the ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. “This is irresponsible, potentially endangering the entire community,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said on Twitter.
A variety of groups were ready to bring an explosion of activity to Uptown streets this weekend. The Irish Channel Parade, a centerpiece of local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, was planned for Saturday. And the following day, Mardi Gras Indian tribes and second-line groups were to bring their artistry to the streets of Central City for the annual Uptown Super Sunday. Now Irish Channel paraders need to store their throws and Indians need to put away this year’s suits.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off Mardi Gras Day with a theme of “Zulu’s Book of Love,” showering the Uptown parade route with affection, exuberance and hand-painted coconuts on Tuesday morning.