SXSW may be raging is Austin, but I’m staying right here for my favorite parades of the entire year; the St. Patrick’s Day parades! Beyond them, there’s still so much going on this week. For instance, I’m going to check out the new Frank Sinatra Tribute show called My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Stage Door Canteen during their opening weekend. Put on some green, or don’t if you enjoy being pinched.
In honor of their namesake’s most popular holiday, The Irish House is hosting a slew of activities this week. Wednesday night, get a team together for Ballistic Bingo and Beer at 7 p.m. Teams will compete at bingo as well as other spontaneous games for prizes. The game is free. Wear your kilt there Friday night for a free cocktail. And they will have all-day events on the weekend. Visit their website here to see the full event listing. There are many more St. Patty’s happenings outside of The Irish House, of course. The Molly’s At the Market Irish Parade rolls at 6 p.m. on Friday, the Irish Channel Parade rolls at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and my personal favorite the Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Parade is on Sunday at noon.
Wednesday is also the inaugural Vendy Awards at the French Market at 6 p.m. Local food trucks are vying for the prize of being NOLA’s favorite food truck. Tickets can be purchased online here. And later you can see the metal show featuring Today is the Day with Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp at Siberia at 10 p.m. for $13.
Thursday and Friday night sees the return of the Found Footage Fest at the La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street. The Found Footage Fest is a film montage of the best, strangest, creepiest, and funniest moments from found VHS tapes. Tickets are $12, and I highly recommend purchasing them in advance online here because there’s always a chance that the show will sell out. If you can’t make it this week, they will also be back next month at the University of New Orleans.
If you do check out FFF on Friday night, then you’ll be able to make it in time for Bella Blue’s monthly Dirty Dime Peepshow at the Allways Lounge. The show starts at midnight and costs $15. At this particular show, there will be a Tiniest Toga Contest in honor of the Ides of March that anyone or either gender can participate in.