Beads and Cabbage Abound for St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans

Happy St. Patrick's day!  It's arguably my favorite weekend of the year here in New Orleans.  It's sort-of a small dose of Mardi Gras, but without all the tourists.  Plus, my neighborhood just so happens to be the epicenter of the festivities.  This year we partied at Chaney and Joe's house and took in the Irish Channel parade.  The weather was a glorious and the cabbages, beads and green beer were plentiful.