Green Party

After the holidays and Carnival, we can finally settle in and get working on those New Year’s resolutions – but not so fast! There is still St. Patrick’s Day, which New Orleans celebrates with almost equal enthusiasm as it does the parade season before it. There is a parade in almost every part of town: Downtown on March 13 there’s Molly’s at the Market’s annual parade through the French Quarter, which has plenty of walking krewes and riders in carriages. The sizeable Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club hosts celebrations on March 14 in that neighborhood, with Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church followed by a parade. Later that evening, the Italian American Marching Club celebrates another Saint, St. Joseph, with a parade in the CBD. Finishing the celebrations is the big Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade that takes over Metairie on March 22. And then, alas, it’s festival season. Information,


The Grand Gala

More than just a fundraiser, the Contemporary Art Center’s annual SweetArts event also gives patrons a sneak preview of an offering by the center. At this year’s event on March 20, the CAC is premiering a play from the Massachusetts-based company Double Edge Theatre, The Grand Parade, which depicts big events of the 20th century through circus arts and a surreal, kaleidoscopic lens. Information,


Dirty Waters

Cult icon John Waters has a connection to New Orleans, having lived here in the 1970s, and certainly his campy, trashy sensibility resonates in this city. After bringing “A John Waters Christmas” to New Orleans in 2013, he returns March 26 to the Joy Theater for his one-man show, “This Filthy World: Filthier & Dirtier.” Information,


March 11. United Way’s Got Gumbo? Cook-Off, Royal Sonesta Hotel. Information,

March 13. Friends of City Park’s Lark in the Park, Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Information,

March 13 & 15. New Orleans Opera Association presents Lucia di Lammermoor, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Information,

March 15. Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday

March 21-22. Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival, Lafayette Square. Information,

March 21 & 22, 28 & 29. New Orleans Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tours, French Quarter. Information,

March 25-29. Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Information,

March 27. NOLA FoodFest, French Market. Information,

March 27 & 28. Hogs for the Cause, City Park. Information,

March 28. New Orleans Film Society gala, 1213 Third St. Information,

March 29. Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, 300 block of Bourbon Street. Information,

April 4. Crescent City Classic. Information,