St Patrick's Day

No sooner has New Orleans recovered from the revelry of Mardi Gras than it starts all over again, with the celebration of St Patrick's Day being the perfect reason for another round of parades and parties through the downtown area, centred on Bourbon Street. Traditionally it is a day for the locals to gather on the streets and pavements with picnic baskets and umbrellas. Groups parade dancing down the street in costumes of green, dispensing flowers, beads and kisses to the spectators to the tune of amplified live bands on floats and trucks. Spectators call out to the floats to throw something at them, with the most popular items traditionally being cabbages, carrots, onions and the odd potato.

Venue: French Quarter

Date: 17 March, annually

Website: www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com