St. Patrick’s Day in the Irish Channel (photos)

We ventured to the Irish Channel for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities earlier this month. We caught cabbage, kissed strangers for flowers and danced a jig in the streets. Good times.

Thank goodness for these parade-going tips from Kim Smelter of New Girl in NOLA.

 

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Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Hugh Laurie rides in New Orleans Mardi Gras parade (photos)

Hugh Laurie, the actor best known for his work in the TV show “House,” was the 2014 king of Bacchus. The Mardi Gras parade starts in Uptown New Orleans on Napoleon Avenue and makes its way down St. Charles.

Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The parade rolled tonight at 5:15.

Hugh Laurie was a gracious king. He arrived early, greeted the crowd, threw doubloons and signed autographs. He also blew kisses. Hail, Hugh Laurie, king of Bacchus!

Our photos from Laurie’s arrival:

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Mardi Gras 2014 parade schedule for New Orleans

The metro New Orleans area has about 60 parades this year and we’ve found the best schedule for you. There’s a parade for every taste and all you need to do is find one that fits your schedule.

Want R-rated debauchery and satire? That’s Krewe du Vieux, which parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny.

Want kid-friendly fun? You actually have many more options than most people think. Day parade are always a good bet. Night parades tend to get a little crazier, but they can still be kid-friendly (depending on your kid). The Uptown parades are fun for pretty much all ages.

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