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Luck of the Irish: Irish Pubs in New Orleans

Catch a cabbage at a St. Patrick's Day Parade!

Catch a cabbage at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

 

Whehter you knew it or not, the Irish culture is alive  and well in New Orleans, with a large portion of the population able to claim an Irish heritage. As a result, many Irish establishments, particularly pubs, have popped up over the years, and there are plenty to visit on your visit to New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day. This is not at all an exhaustive list of the many Irish pubs located throughout New Orleans—they are merely a few in a sea of the Irish culture of New Orleans.

Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks St)

Located in Mid-city, Finn McCool’s, also known as simply “Finn’s,” always celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. This year they have everything from the “Kilts of Many Colour’s Pipes and Drums Band” to a school of Irish dancing on the Friday before St. Patty’s. On the actual day, the pub throws a block party with music, free food, Irish karaoke and a mini float parade where revelers don boxes and march around the block.

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Best Spots to Catch Mardi Gras Parades

mardi gras4 (2)The Mardi Gras parade routes are long, and you can find plenty of places to stand—some more crowded than others. Depending on your age, whether or not you have kids and your parade-watching preferences, there are various parts of the route that might be best suited for you. Here are a few of the best spots you can try on your visit.

Grandstands on St. Charles Ave

Depending on the parade, tickets to the grandstands on St. Charles Ave can be fairly cheap and absolutely worth it. When the floats pass, they are just a few feet from where you can stand. And instead of competing with huge crowds on the ground, you can have a place to sit and be more comfortable. Just bring a huge bag for all the beads and trinkets you’re likely to get! Prices range from as low as $5 to $50 a pop depending on the parade, and they can be purchased at https://www.neworleansparadetickets.com/.

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History of Mardi Gras

MardiGras2smWhile Mardi Gras has become a fixture of New Orleans culture, the holiday does not have its earliest roots in the city. The Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday tradition began centuries before in Rome as a religious holiday that marked the last day before Lent, or Ash Wednesday.

The custom spread to France where it then traveled to the French American colonies at the tail end of the 17th century. On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville set up camp about 60 miles south of New Orleans. Knowing that March 3 was being celebrated as a major holiday back in France, Bienville named the spot “Pointe du Mardi Gras.”

In 1703, the first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in what is now Mobile. In 1704, the secret society Masque de la Mobile was founded as a precursor to today’s Mardi Gras krewes. In 1710, the Boeuf Gras Society was established and paraded from 1711 through 1861.

New Orleans was founded in 1718, and by the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in the form of elegant society balls, which became the basis of today’s Mardi Gras ball tradition. In 1781, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of New Orleans’ carnival organizations.

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New Year’s Travel Resolutions

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In the hustle and bustle of the passing year, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take some time to do a little traveling. Unless finances are keeping you from it, there’s really no need to forgo traveling—even if it means a quick weekend getaway to somewhere close by. Traveling gives you the opportunity to recharge your batteries, to see and experience new places, to try new foods and create memories that can last a lifetime. Here are a few New Year’s travel resolutions for 2014 that you can add to your list.

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Books and Beasts: Fundraiser for SoFAB Culinary Library

Books and Beast Fundraiser 2013

 

 

 

 

It’s not news that in New Orleans, everything centers on food—and that includes books.  New Orleans Public Library has partnered with SoFAB (Southern Food and Beverage Museum) to create the first-ever culinary library branch of NOPL as a satellite branch, at a renovated building on O.C. Haley Blvd.  With over 9,000 volumes of vintage and contemporary cookbooks and food reference books collected by SoFAB, this is the first library branch in that neighborhood since the 1940s.  It’s intended as a way to celebrate cooking and the love of food, contributing to the area’s unique identify and culture.  It’s also part of what the NOPL is calling a “living collection,” passing down traditions to the next generation.

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Luck of the Irish: St. Patty’s Day Celebrations in New Orleans

 

Catching Cabbage!

Catching Cabbage!

 

 

Ask any native New Orleanian about their heritage, and you might be surprised by how often you’ll hear “Irish” as an answer. The large population of Irish folk has spurred long-standing traditions in the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year (ever heard of the Irish Channel neighborhood?). Donning their green, New Orleanians partake in various feats of revelry, from Irish food and parades to random kisses and the infamous green beer and catching all the ingredients for an Irish stew.

Many different Irish bars host their own version of a St. Patty’s Day party. Parasol’s just a few blocks off of Magazine St hosts their famous annual block party with lots of music, beer and food, which starts on Thursday, March 14th and continues on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th. Tracey’s on Magazine St hosts their own annual celebration with lots of green beer and plenty of entertainment on the same days as Parasol’s. During the parades farther down on Magazine St, bars like the Bulldog and Balcony Bar host huge parties as well with plenty of green beer, jello shots and the like. read more »

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Superdome Super Bowl 2013: On the Road to New Orleans

2013 Super Bowl

Super Bowl 2013 is upon us, and this year, the city of New Orleans plays host to the biggest national sporting event of the year. Sports fans, media, celebrities, and thousands upon thousands of other visitors will flock to the city over the coming weeks to prepare and celebrate the culmination of the 2012-2013 football season.

The teams are set. The Baltimore Ravens will be facing the San Francisco 49ers, who happen to be a longtime rival of the Saints since a time when both teams were in the same division. Fans of both teams will come down for the game with tickets and/or jerseys in hand, and New Orleans will welcome them with open arms, despite past rivalries and dashed hopes of having the Saints in the Superdome Super Bowl (New Orleanians will smile through gritted teeth when Commissioner Goodell comes to town).

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