Paint the Town Green

St. Patrick’s Day means there’s a parade in almost every part of town. Downtown there’s Molly’s at the Market’s annual parade through the French Quarter, which has plenty of walking krewes and riders in carriages (March 11). The sizeable Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club hosts celebrations in that neighborhood with Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church followed by a parade (March 12). A big St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls down Metairie Road (March 13). The Downtown Irish Club parade proceeds through the Bywater to Bourbon Street (March 17). Finishing the celebrations is the big Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade that takes over Metairie (March 20). Information,


Good Eggs

Celebrate Easter in the most New Orleans way possible with parades in the French Quarter. For good Catholics, The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade starts at Antoine’s and heads to St. Louis Cathedral for Mass at 11 a.m. Later that day, Chris Owens hosts her annual Easter parade, followed by the Gay Easter Parade – be sure to wear your best bonnets. Information,,,



The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 30-April 3) is a feast for lovers of the playwright. This year’s fest, its 30th anniversary, features a production of The Glass Menagerie at Le Petit Théâtre (March 18-April 3. Information, and of course, the famous Stella and Stanley shouting contest. Information,



March 4-20. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information,

March 4 and 6. New Orleans Opera Association presents Dead Man Walking, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information,

March 5-6, 12-13. New Orleans Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tours, French Quarter. Information,

March 8-13. The Book of Mormon, Saenger Theater. Information,

March 8. Rihanna in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information,

March 10-23. The NOLA Project presents Sive, Ashe Power House Theatre. Information,

March 11. 311 Day concert, Smoothie King Center. Information,

March 11-12. BUKU Music + Art Festival, Mardi Gras World. Information,

March 11-13. NOBA Presents Malpaso Dance Company, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA. Information,

March 11-20. Marry Poppins, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information,

March 18-20. Marigny Opera Ballet presents “Emerging Choreographers,” Marigny Opera House. Information,

March 19. New Orleans International Beer Festival, Champions Square. Information,

March 19-20. Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival, Lafayette Square. Information,

March 20. Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday

March 26. Crescent City Classic. Information,

April 1-2. Hogs for the Cause, City Park Festival Grounds. Information,

April 2. NOBA Presents Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information,