It’s Wednesday, my dudes, and that means another round of Weekly Wins is here to keep your social calendar stacked this week. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate all week long. Sláinte!
Sailboat Racing Opening Night Fireworks, New Orleans Lakefront, 8 p.m.
Assemble your squad and pack a picnic basket to kick off the Lake Ponchartrain sailboat racing season. It’s free to watch, and the best spots are on the Lakefront Seawall along Lakeshore Drive. Gulf Coast Bank & Trust is even putting on a fireworks show to mark the occasion.
Lucha Libre, Ace Hotel New Orleans, 8 p.m.
You’ve seen them in movies, cartoons and maybe even on TV, but get ready to experience the Mexican cultural institution that is Lucha Libre live and in-person right here in New Orleans. Some of the world’s best luchadores will be in the Crescent City to show off their high-flying moves. Tickets available online.
Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party, Annunciation Park, 10 a.m.
As they say, “St. Patrick’s Day isn’t official without partying in the streets of New Orleans!” Kick off the holiday with this all-day affair including lots of free live music and entertainment, as well as food and beverage available for purchase. After all, it’s not a St. Patrick’s celebration without a Guinness in your hand!
Top Taco 2019, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 6-10 p.m.
There’s a festival for just about everything in New Orleans, and tacos are no exception! Your ticket buys you unlimited tacos and drinks, including plenty of tequila and cervezas, as well as live entertainment. All the proceeds benefit Foster NOLA. In addition, 50 local restaurants will be competing for the Ultimate Top Taco prize, so try them all and cast your vote! Tickets are available online.
LARK: Party in the Park 2019, Storyland (City Park), 8-11 p.m.
Already missing Mardi Gras balls? You don’t have to put away your formal wear yet–wear it to this gala fundraiser for the revitalization of Storyland amusement park. More than 36 of NOLA’s top restaurants will serve you all the food and drinks you can manage, and Robin Barnes Casey and Ann Glaviano will entertain you all evening. Bid on some cool swag at the silent auction and don’t miss the fireworks finale!
Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast, Prytania Theater, 12 a.m.
Let’s do the Time Warp again! The Prytania will screen the 70s classic Science Fiction Double Feature at midnight, and the Well-Hung Speakers will shadow cast along with the film. Bring your own props and booze for a crazy night with Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff and all your faves.
2019 Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Irish Channel, 1 p.m.
Erin go bragh! This annual NOLA institution, first celebrated in 1947, begins after mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church and rolls through the Irish channel neighborhood. Find a spot along the route for the “truly essential New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day experience,” which includes classic throws like “flowers, beads, kisses, cabbage, and much more!”
#FrayLife Tip: Stick around the Irish Channel after the parade rolls by for the all-day block party hosted by Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar.
St. Joseph’s Day Altar Demo, Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1-2 p.m.
Never heard of St. Joseph’s Day? Join chef and musician David Roe as he explains the meanings and history behind St. Joseph’s Day altars and discusses the traditional cookie and bread recipes involved. Of course there will be plenty of samples, as well as prayer cards and fava beans. Why fava beans? Attend the demo and find out!
Stuck in the 90’s Part IV, Republic NOLA, 10 p.m.
Dust off your flyest neon spandex and squiggly geometric printed… everything because it’s time to Spice Up Your Life at Republic NOLA! DJs will be spinning nostalgic tracks all night, so you can Running Man and Macarena until you drop.
Uptown Super Sunday, A.L Davis Park, 12 p.m.
If you’ve never seen a Mardi Gras Indian in action this is one of your last chances for the season. Super Sunday, a tradition dating back to the 1800s, is a gathering of Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Indians don their heavily beaded, feathered and decorated suits and march through their neighborhoods. When tribes meet one another, their Big Chiefs perform dances, chants and rituals in an attempt to outdo one another. Bring your camera and capture the spectacle, which is completely unique to New Orleans.
Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Metairie Road, 12 p.m.
This annual parade down Metairie does not skimp on the throws! Clear out your fridge and prepare to catch dozens of cabbages, carrots, onions, potatoes and more. The crowds aren’t as thick as the Uptown parades, making it a great parade for those a little overwhelmed by last week’s Mardi Gras craziness.
P!nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour, Smoothie King Center, 7:30 p.m.
Feeling Just Like a Pill recently? Then it’s high time to Get The Party Started with P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma tour. Known for her “acrobatic stage presence” and generally not giving an eff, P!nk is a force to be reckoned with and her shows are known to rock hard. Who Knew? Tickets available online.
Chef Battle New Orleans, Seven Three Distilling Company, 6 p.m.
If you love watching chefs duke it out on TV, experience the real thing right here in NOLA! Chefs will have an hour to wow the judges and the crowd with their dishes and earn the coveted “Best Chef” title. Interact with the chefs during the competition and taste their creations, then cast your vote for crowd favorite. Your ticket (available online) comes with your ballot, a t-shirt, samples and two drink tickets.
Brewery Bingo, Port Orleans Brewing Company, 7 p.m.
Join us at Port Orleans for a night of free bingo. With free entry and multiple chances to win, there’s nothing to lose! There will be free beer, swag and vouchers up for grabs, so ask yourself: “Do I feel lucky?”
2019 St. Joseph’s Altar, Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl, 12-7 p.m.
Come out for the altar and stay for the bowling! The altar is open to the public and all are invited to partake and donate in honor of the holiday. All proceeds and extra food benefits the Ozanam Inn Homeless Shelter. Lanes will be open, so you can bring the whole team for a game or two.
Come As You Are 90s Grunge Night, The Goat, 10 p.m.
Neon windbreakers and TLC not your kind of thing? Skip Republic on Saturday night, and instead come out to The Goat on Tuesday in your tattered flannel and Docs Martins. It’ll Smell Like Teen Spirit as you head bang to Nirvana, Pearl Jam and all your grunge favorites.
Don’t have time for any of these events this week? Bummer…but don’t fret! Here’s a list of running clubs you can join to incorporate a little bit of healthy downtime into your weekly routine.
How are you partying it up, St. Patrick’s Day style, this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #FrayLife and #NolaFray on social.
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