Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced the cancellation of several major parades and events in New Orleans this weekend, including all St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day events.
This came after two new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, were announced on Tuesday.
Then, late Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced three more people in Louisiana have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The three new cases now brings the total number of patients who have tested presumptive positive for the Coronavirus in the the state of Louisiana to six.
City officials say the decision is a “proactive” approach out of an abundance of caution to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Officials point to three different presumptive-positive cases in New Orleans located at three different local hospitals as a huge concern.
New Orleans city officials have canceled the following major events in New Orleans this week:
- Wednesday at the Square – originally scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11
- Downtown Irish Club Parade – originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in the Bywater and French Quarter
- Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in the French Quarter
- Irish Channel Parade – originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 in the Irish Channel
- Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade – originally schedule for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 in the French Quarter
- Single Men Second Line Parade – originally scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15
- Uptown Super Sunday – originally scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 15 in Central City and at A.L. Davis Park
Jefferson Parish officials have canceled the following major upcoming events:
- Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day Parade – originally scheduled for noon on Sunday, March 15
- Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade – originally scheduled for noon on Sunday, March 22
Covington city leaders and event organizers have canceled or postponed the following events:
- Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party originally scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 14
- YSB Chef Soiree’ originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15
- St. Joseph Abbey Monk Run scheduled for Saturday, March 14)
Gretna city officials have canceled the following St. Patrick’s events:
- Inaugural Italian-Irish Parade – originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29
- Other related events including Italian-Irish Gala, “Tap the Keg”
Organizers have canceled or postponed the following local events in New Orleans this week:
- St. Patrick’s Day Block Party – Organizers for the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club also announced the cancellation the at Annunciation Playground benefiting St. Michael Special School on Tuesday, March 17.
- New Orleans Bourbon Festival – Board members postponed this weekend’s festival originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 14 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
- The Historic New Orleans Collection/Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concert – The Vienna-Leipzig-NOLA performance schedule for Wednesday, March 11 at St. Louis Catherdal is no longer open for public attendance. Audiences can live stream the performance from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. by visiting LPOmusic.com or via public broadcast on 89.9 FM, Classical 104.9 FM, KTLN 90.5 FM, or WWNO.org.
- Bean Madness Tournament – The Krewe of Red Beans cancels the fourth annual Bean Madness Tournament due to COVID-19 concerns. All previously scheduled Tournament events are canceled, including three events scheduled for Thursday, March 12.
- India Fest – The New Orleans Museum of Art postponed India Fest 2020, originally scheduled for Friday, March 14. An alternate date has been set for June 6.
- Friends of City Park’s Lark in the Park – Friends of City Park reschedules Lark in the Park, originally scheduled for March 13. The event will now be held in conjunction with Toast in the Oaks in June 2020.
- Ali Wong’s “The Milk & Honey Tour”- Wong’s New Orleans show at the Saenger Theater scheduled for Sunday, March 15 has been rescheduled. The new date is Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. All tickets for the original performance will be honored at the rescheduled events.
Check back for updates as we get them.