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Members of the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club pack Magazine street from curb to curb during the 66th annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club parade on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Zach Brien,

The 70th annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade will roll Saturday, March 11, on a new route that takes it down most of Magazine Street, the organization announced.

After the traditional noon mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at 2030 Constance Street, the parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Avenue and Magazine Street. The parade will then head straight down Magazine Street until it disbands at Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel, according to organizers.

Betty Clark of Our Lady Academy will serve as queen of the court this year. Tommy O’Brien, an Irish Channel native and Army veteran, will serve as grand marshal, and Vietnam veteran Billy Lyons is honored as “man of the year.”

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