Wednesday, March 11, 2009

St. Joseph's Parade

On Saturday, March 14, New Orleanians will honor St. Joseph in their own special way as The Italian American Marching Club parades through the middle of the French Quarter. Marchers, dressed in black tuxedos, proceed to parade through the French Quarter. Thousands of locals and tourists line the streets to take part in this celebration. Marchers hand out silk flowers and fava beans, and dance and sing with the bystanders.

Grand Marshall of this year's parade is Frankie Avalon!

The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Canal Street and Chartres; proceeds down Chartres to St. Peter; left on St. Peter to Royal Street; right at Bienville to Bourbon Street; Another right onto Bourbon Street down to St. Ann. Finally, the parade turns onto St. Ann and back onto Royal. A St. Joseph Altar float accompanies the marchers along their route.

Also: The Italian American Marching Club has published a list of 2009 St. Joseph Altars in Louisiana. Altars are categorized by Parish.

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