Babes Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New Orleans

Here we are trying to detox from Mardi Gras & the parade craziness, and then St Patrick’s Day rolls around. #TheNOLAStruggleisReal

Even though we’re limiting our alcohol intake in March, as true NOLA Babes, we’ll be heading out to Magazine Street on March 17 dressed in green to celebrate the fabulous Irish holiday.

Since the beginning of Babes & Beignets, we’ve been updating y’all year after year on how to make the best out of this super fun NOLA tradition. Behold our St. Patrick’s Day Parade Guide for 2018,

Up Your Pregame Game

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Some of us are #blessed with living close to this particular parade route, so a parade pregame is always mandatory. Up your game with green cocktails & shots, and if you’re hosting an early morning party, make a few green bites for your guests as well.

Last year our pregame included:

  • Green & Orange Jell-O Shots, get the recipe here
  • Green-mosas, just add a drop of green food coloring to your regular mimosas
  • Homemade Rumchata Shots
  • Green Belgian Waffles

Homemade Rumchata Recipe


  • Horchata Mix, prepare as directed
  • A bottle of your favorite rum
  • 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • Ice


Mix your prepared horchata, bottle of rum & cinnamon in a large beverage dispenser & stir well. Let is sit for a few hours prior to serving.

Serve cold or over ice.

Green Belgian Waffles

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Makes 16 waffles

  • 2 cups of sifted flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Green food coloring


Preheat your waffle iron.

Sift the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Separate the eggs. In small bowl, beat the egg whites until they make stiff peaks. Mix together the egg yolks, milk and vegetable oil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in beaten egg whites. Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring.

Cook waffles as directed with your waffle iron.

Serve with your favorite toppings! We suggest, honey, maple syrup, Nutella & whipped cream.

Don’t Get Pinched

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You have to dress in green, duh! If you’re really serious about your squad’s St Patrick’s Day look, get matching tees and accessories at a local shop. A few of our favorite places to shop for outfits are:

Head Out To Magazine Street

After you’re done pregaming with the Krewe, head out to enjoy the green beer and dranks on Magazine. All the bars and restaurants will be open and waiting for you with their St Paddy’s day specials.

Our favorite spots to watch the parade and keep partying are:

  • Bulldog Uptown, 3236 Magazine St
  • Tracey’s, 2604 Magazine St
  • Ms Mae’s, 4336 Magazine St

These will all be PACKED, so don’t head out too late!

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#BabesTip – bring cash. Although lots of these bars normally take cards, during events like these they tend to only take cash. And if you run out, head to Walgreens on Magazine & Pleasant, they have an ATM & also give cash back.

Don’t Forget To Eat

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is like a Cinco De Drinko times a hundred. Expect to drink a lot, and get more than tipsy. If you’re trying to avoid being the first Babe to call it quits, eat some grub! Magazine Street has some of the best food in the city, here’s a few of our favorite {drunk eating} options along the parade route:

Catch A Cabbage

Yep. You read that right. The most “coveted” throw on the St Patrick’s Day Parade is a cabbage. You should definitely try to catch one (#doitfortheInsta), or at least try not to get hit by one. It ain’t pretty.

Catch y’all on the Parade Route! Stay lucky, Babes.