Your Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans

St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans

It’s almost March 17, which means the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans isn’t far behind. It’s a time of parties, parades, costumes, drinking, and celebrating the luck of the Irish. Unfortunately, that luck may run out if you’re injured during the festivities. Find out how to stay safe no matter how you choose to celebrate with these tips from Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. 

Things To Do for St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans

In New Orleans, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations last for more than a week. Parades, block parties, and other special events will be on just about every corner. Check out some of the biggest bashes you won’t want to miss below.

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 14
1:00 p.m.

This annual parade begins at Magazine Street and Felicity Street in the Garden District. Float riders will toss green beads, doubloons, and the occasional head of cabbage to parade-goers. Even if you don’t catch enough vegetables to make your own hearty Irish stew, marchers in tuxedos will gladly give you a paper flower in exchange for a kiss on the hand (or cheek). Pro tip: make sure you dress in St. Paddy’s Day garb to avoid getting pinched.

Parasol’s Block Party Celebration 

Saturday, March 14
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No St.Patrick’s Day in New Orleans is complete without a visit to the all-day block party at Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant, located on Constance Street and 3rd. This dive bar is conveniently close to the Irish Channel parade route, so you can grab a green beer, a po’ boy, and revel in the Irish music and dance throughout the streets. 

Downtown Irish Club Parade

Tuesday, March 17
6:00 p.m.

Head to the French Quarter for the Irish Club Parade, which begins at the intersection of Burgundy and Piety Street. This lively celebration will make a handful of stops at well-known Irish pubs for a bite to eat and a pint to drink. Check out Bourbon Cowboy’s parade viewing balcony party with an open bar and front row access to see the best the parade has to offer as it winds its way through the city. 

In The Midst of Celebrations, Accidents Still Happen

Unfortunately, in the midst of the revelry – and perhaps because of it – accidents often increase during the week of St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans. Alcohol is a common factor in many of these injuries. Here are some accidents to watch out for, including tips on how to avoid them.

Slip and Falls

Say you and your friends are having a good time at the pub. Beer is spilled on the floor, and suddenly you find yourself flat on your back. If you’re lucky, all that’s injured is your pride.

In some cases, though, one of these slip and falls could lead to a serious injury. If the pub owner or their employees failed to properly maintain the premises or clean up the spill after it was brought to their attention, they may be held liable for your injuries.

How to avoid it: Don’t drink so much that you can’t stand up straight. Watch where you’re going, and report any potentially hazardous situations to the bar staff. Keep an eye on friends who over-imbibe to help prevent injuries.

Car Accidents

Between more drunk drivers on the road and an influx of tourists unfamiliar with local roads, New Orleans car accidents are more common over the holiday weekend. Even if you’re a passenger in someone else’s car, you may be entitled to compensation if you’re injured in an accident.

How to avoid it: Arrange transportation ahead of time if everyone in your party is drinking. Call a taxi, rideshare service, or take public transit to reduce the risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident.

Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian injuries also spike around St. Patrick’s Day. Increased foot traffic and road or lane closures can lead to accidents, compounded by drunk or distracted drivers. In addition, parade floats have killed or injured pedestrians in past Mardi Gras celebrations.

How to avoid it: Always stick to designated walkways like sidewalks and crosswalks. Stay behind the barricades at parade events and never try to cross between floats, which have limited visibility and stopping ability. 

Injured on St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans?

If you’ve been injured during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, a New Orleans personal injury lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys will review your case for free. Our attorneys fight hard for your right to compensation following an accident or injury.

We charge no fee unless we win your case. Contact us today by phone at any of the locations listed below. You can also chat with a live representative online, or submit the details of your case using our secure contact form.


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