New Orleans + St. Patrick’s Day + Cabbage Tossing

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St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans

Savannah dyes its fountains green and Chicago turns the Chicago River green.  People dance and march in St. Patrick’s Day Parades in cities around the world.  New Orleans, as always, has its own distinct, unique style.

Irish immigrants to New Orleans settled in what became known as the Irish Channel.  That neighborhood began the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1947. This year’s parade will have 1,200 men in tuxedos and coattails marching in the parade.  There will be over 30 floats with about 50 people on each float. Each float rider will be given 3 bags of cabbage, with about 25 -30 heads of cabbage in each one to pass out to the crowds.  That comes to a lot of greens.

Cabbage has always been a part of the Irish culture in New Orleans with corned beef and cabbage being a culinary tradition.  

There is one hard and fast rule for float riders.  The cabbage is to be tossed not thrown. That’s safer and a lot more fun.  

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  After the parade, the celebration continues with some of the biggest street parties of the year in the Big Easy.


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