Police cars arrived at Tracey’s Bar on Magazine Street on Saturday to break up a crowd of more than 250 people participating in a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl, in violation of a ban on large crowds that Gov. John Bel Edwards announced through an executive order on Friday. The size of the crowd spurred some public shaming from Mayor LaToya Cantrell on social media. “The crowd exceeded 250 people and spilled into the streets. They were dispersed without incident,” said an New Orleans Police Department spokesperson.
A variety of groups were ready to bring an explosion of activity to Uptown streets this weekend. The Irish Channel Parade, a centerpiece of local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, was planned for Saturday. And the following day, Mardi Gras Indian tribes and second-line groups were to bring their artistry to the streets of Central City for the annual Uptown Super Sunday. Now Irish Channel paraders need to store their throws and Indians need to put away this year’s suits.
Parasol’s Restaurant & Bar, the classic Irish Channel gathering place, is serving drinks again, at least on weekends for now, under new ownership, Ian McNulty reports on NOLA. com. The building’s new owners, Mark Bruser and Kimberlee Banning, have obtained a liquor license and are opening the Constance Street bar Friday through Sunday as renovations continue. The bar was dry for about four months after a city lawsuit over unpaid taxes left the former owners unable to renew the liquor license.
The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee is holding a meeting Sunday to discuss two land-use issues that are coming before the City Planning Commission. One request is for 1027-1029 Ninth St., where Hair of the Dog Saloon and The Sundmaker Firm are requesting a rezoning from residential (HU-RD2 classification) to commercial (HU-B1 classification). The second request is for 2368 Magazine St. Molly’s Rise and Shine wants to rezone the property from residential (HU-RD2 classification) to commercial (HU-B1A classification) and is requesting conditional use approval to serve alcohol. The meeting is Sunday June 30, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Raphael Academy, 500 Soraparu St.
The New Orleans Architecture Foundation, in partnership with New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, is holding a self-guided tour of contemporary homes Sunday in the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District. The tour is May 19 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m., beginning at the Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation Street. For decades, the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District neighborhoods, nestled just upriver of the CBD, suffered from disinvestment and demolition of their historic built fabric. In recent years, vacant lots have given way to innovative new homes, creating a vibrant neighborhood where 19th century mansions and shotguns coexist with the best of contemporary design. Tickets are $30 on the day of the tour.
It seems like the Carnival parades just passed by, and it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Channel Parade. On Saturday, March 16, cabbages, kisses and green bling will be flying along the parade route. The parade is scheduled for 1 p.m., starting after a noon Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church.
Partying in the streets, a New Orleans specialty, will be full force this week in celebration of St. Partrick’s Day. There are multiple opportunities in the Irish Channel to celebrate your Irish roots, or someone else’s Irish roots, or just the fact that there is an Ireland. Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club Block Party
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free music and entertainment.
New Orleans police are searching for a suspect in connection with a package theft from an Irish Channel front porch. The incident occurred Feb. 19 around 4 p.m. A vehicle was seen stopping in front of a residence in the 500 block of Fourth Street. A man was seen getting out of the vehicle, approaching a residence and stealing two packages. He then fled the scene.