St. Catherine’s Day Parade hangs up its hat

For more than a decade, the Garden District has provided the backdrop for the St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Francophiles and those who simply enjoyed parading in a fancy hat would meet at St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street, sip on sparkling wine and walk a brief route to the sounds of live gypsy jazz. The parade organizers recently announced they have poured their last glass of bubbly.

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade set to ‘Let Love Slip Up On Ya’

Editor’s note: This report was updated Aug. 25 with a new times for the parade and pre-parade ceremony. The toast is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 7:30 p.m., a half hour earlier than originally announced. 

The hottest parade of the year, Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, will light up Oak Street and Carrollton Avenue on Saturday (Aug. 27). The Krewe of Outrageous and Kinky (OAK) is reviving the parade and sweat-soaked bacchanal after a two-year hiatus, with a few changes.

Irish Channel parade rolls today. Here’s what you need to know.

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.

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade set to roll on Saturday

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.

Bacchus announces plans for virtual parade via its own app

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.

Irish Channel Parade turns into a pub crawl, before police break it up

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.

City cancels Irish Channel Parade, Super Sunday to prevent coronavirus spread

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.