WORLD’S LARGEST PASTA DISH: St. Joseph’s Day celebrations kick off with 500 pounds of Pasta con Sardi, a traditional dish of sauce, cheese and sardines, topped with bread crumbs, at the pre-parade party by the Italian American Marching Club. Noon, Friday, Grand Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St.. Parade is Saturday, 6 p.m., through the French Quarter. (504) 458-2791. iamcnola.org
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADES AND PARTIES: The Irish Channel Parade rolls at 1 p.m. Saturday from Felicity and Magazine streets in New Orleans. The Metairie Road Parade rolls Sunday at noon, from Rummel High School through Old Metairie. The Downtown Irish Club strolls from the Bywater through the French Quarter and then downtown in New Orleans at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Parasol’s Block Party, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 2533 Constance St., is repeated on Tuesday. Tracy’s Block Party, 11 a.m. until, 2604 Magazine St., is also repeated Tuesday. stpatricksdayneworleans.com
SUPER SUNDAY: The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians come alive at the annual festival presented by the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council and REAL. Festival begins at A.L. Davis Park at 11 a.m. and segues to a parade at 1 p.m. A.L. Davis Park, Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street.