Ever wonder how many people celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Louisiana are actually Irish? Wonder no more!

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The significant influx of Irish immigrants to Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, began in the early 19th century and peaked during the Great Famine of the 1840s.

These immigrants were drawn by the promise of economic opportunities in a growing region that was in need of labor.

The Irish quickly established themselves as a vital part of Louisiana's social and cultural fabric. They founded churches, schools, and charitable organizations, contributing to the growth of the Catholic community in Louisiana that was already culturally diverse due to our French and Spanish heritage.

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One of the most prominent symbols of Irish heritage in Louisiana is St. Patrick's Church in New Orleans, founded in 1833, which served as a spiritual and community center for the Irish immigrants.

Today, the legacy of the Irish in Louisiana is celebrated in various ways, including annual St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities that highlight the enduring impact of the Irish on our state's history and culture.

When it comes to Louisiana's numerous St. Patrick's Day celebrations, one of biggest is Patty In The Parc.

Patty in the Parc
Patty in the Parc

Patty In The Parc is Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at Parc International in downtown Lafayette brought to by Bud Light.

Tickets are available at EVENTBRITE.COM or at the following Legends locations: Annex, Bertrand, Downtown, Johnston, Pinhook, Pub, Scott, South, and Verot.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Sponsored by: Bud Light
Location: Parc International, 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA
Gates open: 5:00 pm
Music starts: 6:00 pm
Artists: The Good Dudes, Three Thirty Seven, DJ Digital, Paul Wall
Tickets: Eventbrite.com and all Legends of Lafayette locations
Price: $20 in advance, $25 day of show (Kids 12 and under get in free)
After Patty Party: Patio of Legends Downtown

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What Louisiana Parish Has The Most Irish Residents?

According to NOLA.com "Louisiana has more than 351,000 people claiming Irish ancestry, about 7 percent of the state's population."

While all of our Irish eyes will be smiling this year at Patty In The Parc, below are the top 10 parishes in Louisiana that have the most Irish descendants according to NOLA via the US Census Bureau.

1) Jefferson - 35,225
2) St. Tammany - 32,245
3) East Baton Rouge - 29,745
4) Orleans - 21,920
5) Caddo - 18,853
6) Livingston - 15,553
7) Calcasieu - 15,149
8) Bossier - 13,435
9) Ouachita - 13,293
10) Lafayette - 13,182

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