St. Patrick's Day (March 17) will be another great celebration for the city of New Orleans and it's surrounding suburbs. Huge celebrations, street parties and of course, parades make this another great day of the year. The biggest event in the area is the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Metairie Road.
The parade has rolled through Old Metairie since 1971 and it has grown to be one of the best street parties of the year.
Front lawns along the parade route are packed with chairs, umbrellas, families and friends barbecuing, boiling crawfish or having picnic style lunches.
Men and women in walking groups from local clubs dress up in St. Patrick's Day garb and make there way down the streets ahead of the floats. With music adding to the festivities, these groups dance along and hand out flowers and beads to the parade goers in exchange for a kiss. The Jefferson City Buzzards and the Shady Ladies are two of the clubs you will see walking or dancing down the streets.
There are 82 floats and truck floats loaded with hundreds of riders throwing beads and trinkets to the crowds. The difference between this parade and a Mardi Gras parade is that most people are yelling for cabbage instead of long beads and toy spears. Where else can you go to get everything needed to make Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and smothered cabbage? Cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes are the parade's prized throws in the Metairie Road parade.
The St. Patrick's Day Metairie Road Parade starts rolling at 12:00 PM on Sunday, March 17.
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