New Orleans Downtown Irish Club

The Downtown Irish Club, Inc is a social organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Irish Identity in the New Orleans. Celebrating our Irish heritage throughout each and every year since 1976, the Downtown Irish Club maintains that "everyone is Irish for a day", making our membership rich and diverse. Marching from founders' Roy Markey, Sr. and Edward "Bud Rip" Ripoll Jr.'s fine establishments in the Bywater to the heart of the French Quarter, we are the only club to march on St. Patrick's Day proper.  


  • January 19th - General Meeting- Markey's, 7:00.
  • February 11th - Grand Marshal Party-  Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Dr, Metairie, 7:00 to 11:00.  Music by R&B singing group BRW. Food by Fresh Fork Catering, open bar.  Cost $75 per couple.  
  • March 5th - Block Party- The Ironworks, 612 Piety St, 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Music by Harvey Jesus. Food, drinks, prizes, merchandise vendors, 50/50 drawing.  Cost $5, kids free. 
  • March 9th - General Meeting (Location Bud Rips)
  • March 11th - Limo Ride
  • March 17th - Parade