A float rider throws cabbage during the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Parade in New Orleans, La. Saturday, March 16, 2019. Cabbage is an ingredient of many traditional Irish dishes for St. Patrick's Day including corned beef and cabbage and it's the most coveted throw during the parade. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Weekend picks: Didn’t catch enough groceries at parades last week? Oh, there’s more.

For two weeks in New Orleans, produce is pretty much free.

by Mary Staes | March 20, 2019

Fri. March 22, 2019

Spicy Crawfish Boiling in a Stock Pot in Louisiana

What: Louisiana Crawfish Festival
When: 5 p.m. – midnight
Where: Chalmette
Price: $5 admission

So you’ll have to travel to Da Parish for this one, but why not celebrate crawfish? Make sure to bring cash for the food, and unlimited ride bands are $25 for the day. The festival actually starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday. Click here for more information.

8245 W Judge Perez Dr
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8245 W Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA 70043, USA
COSTA MESA, CA – MARCH 08: Company dancers perform in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production of ‘Processional/ Honor, Honor’ in Take Me to the Water as part of Revelations at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts on March 8, 2012 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Doug Gifford/Getty Images)

What: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Mahalia Jackson Theater
Price: Tickets start at $35

For the first time in nine years, Alvin Ailey’s main dance company is returning to New Orleans. This performance features classics like “Revelations,” while Saturday’s performance features newer works. Click here for information on both shows.

Sat. March 23, 2019


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What: Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade
When: 6 p.m.
Where: French Quarter
Price: Free

So you didn’t get a chance to catch groceries last week at the Irish Channel parade? No problem. Click here for more information.

What: Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairings
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Urban South Brewery
Price: $20 flight

Okay, so when you think of Girl Scout cookies you probably don’t think of beer, but that’s only because you don’t know any better! S’mores cookies and Graham Cracker Stout? Yes, please! Click here for more information.

Sun. March 24, 2019

What: Irish-Italian Parade
When: Noon
Where: Metairie
Price: Free

This parade in Metairie is more like the truck parades in the city on Mardi Gras Day, and with the big trucks you might not get as many kisses on the cheek. Still, the more groceries, the better. Click here for more information. 



Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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