A lot of Irish immigrated to New Orleans, stayed and reproduced, as Irish Catholics do. They established churches and schools and invited others to become Catholics and Irish.
|Irish men having a good time|
Thus, there are several parades spread over more than a week and four over the weekend. I ran into the St. Bernard parade last week trying to go to the grocery store. Forget it!
Friday was Jim Monaghan's Parade in the French Quarter that starts and stops at Molly's on the Market bar. We totally missed that one although it must have occurred because we found green beads in the streets. There are photos on the Times-Pic web site.
The parade's Grand Marshall was Edwin Edwards who was Louisiana governor before spending time in prison. If there is anything characteristic of New Orleanians, we are forgiving.
Anyway, there was another parade in the Irish Chanel the next day. So, no worries! Though the floats are not as impressive as those of Mardi Gras, the marchers are friendly if not as well disciplined. You are sure to win a paper flower or green garter in exchange for a kiss from a handsome Irishman if you make yourself available.