St. Patrick’s Day festivities March 14-24, in and around New Orleans

Thursday

Block Party benefiting St. Michael's Special School: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Annunciation Park, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club hosts an annual benefit block party featuring food, Irish music and dancing.

Friday

Molly's at the Market: Jim Monaghan's 31st annual St. Patrick's Parade: French Quarter at 6 p.m. Featuring riders in carriages and marching groups with WDSU Meteorologist Damon Singleton as grand marshal, the parade begins and ends at Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., with a pause at The Erin Rose, 811 Conti St., to refill drinks. The Storyville Stompers, New Wave Brass Band, The Kazooie Floozies, The Bearded Oysters, The Muffalettas and The Abita Honeybees accompany the marchers. The party goes on inside and outside and is free and open to the public. http://www.mollysatthemarket.net.

Saturday

Irish Channel Parade: 1 p.m. The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will hold its Annual Mass and Parade celebration with Mass at noon at St. Mary's Assumption Church (Constance and Josephine Streets) followed by the parade (Felicity and Magazine) at 1 p.m.

Tracey's St. Paddy's Day Party at 2604 Magazine St.: 11 a.m. till, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

St. Patrick's Day Block Party: Parasol's, Third and Constance streets, New Orleans, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Parasol's celebrates its 60th anniversary with three days of partying in the street featuring food,music and, of course, green beer. (Closed Friday.) http://www.ParasolsBarAndRestaurant.com.

Sunday

St. Patrick's Day Parade: Metairie Road in Metairie at noon. The annual Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place from 11 am until 3 p.m. The parade begins in front of Archbishop Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, goes down Severn to Metairie Road, then up Metairie Road to the Orleans Parish line.

Downtown Irish Club Parade: 6 p.m. The annual downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the city's Bywater neighborhood, proceeds roughly up Royal Street, across Esplanade to Decatur Street, up Bienville Street to Bourbon Street. The parade makes several "pit stops" on its way to Bourbon.

Sunday, March 24

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade: Metairie at noon. The 2013 Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade will roll at noon along the traditional Veterans Highway route in Metairie.

For more detailed information on all the St. Patrick's Day events in and around New Orleans go to http://www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com.