St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast
day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish
have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.
On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent,
Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and
celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption
of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the
traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Irish or not this is a festive day to party, parade, tailgate and drink green beer. St. Patrick's Day (on March 17th, each year) is
celebrated in New Orleans and its suburb in the form of another parade!
It's the perfect season for another celebration ... after all, it's New
Orleans, and we love to parade!
Our annual St. Patrick's Day Parades are considered another
opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day
outdoors. It seems as if the entire city is on the street with picnic
baskets, umbrellas, and their recreational vehicles...enjoying one of
the biggest street parties of the year! Men and women in walking groups
from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green give out
flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.
Music adds to the festivities with bands and amplifiers in the
parade, and walking groups dancing down the street...only stopping to
award their beautiful beads and flowers to the lucky parade goers along
Floats and truck floats (those on flatbed trailers created by the
riders themselves) respond to the call, "Throw me something, Mister!"
Historically, the parade's most famous throws are cabbages, carrots, onions...and moonpies! (You may even see a potato or two in the air!)
St. Patrick's Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand