Mar 152020
 

A crowd gathers outside Tracey’s on Magazine Street — near a sign warning against congregating on the street as the deadly coronavirus is spreading in New Orleans. (Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

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. “The NOPD will continue to enforce the governor’s ban.” Continue reading »

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Mar 152020
 

Grand Marshal Frank Denny walks up the center aisle to applause during the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club’s Mass Saturday (March 14) at St. Mary’s Assumption Church. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Members of the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club gathered Saturday (March 14) for their annual Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church that traditionally precedes their Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year, the parade hosted by the group founded in 1947 was canceled by the city due to the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading »

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Mar 142020
 

Friends gather at the Half Moon Bar & Restaurant in the Irish Channel area of Uptown Saturday (March 14) for the St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Barcrawl. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

Groups of green-garbed revelers strolled the streets of the Irish Channel Saturday (March 14) with the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Men were dressed in their tuxedos and kilts while the women were draped in green and glitter.

The crowd kept growing, however, and the New Orleans Police Department had to step in and break it up later in the evening, saying the event violated the ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. Continue reading »

Mar 162019
 

Jamie Flowers receives a kiss from a member of the Irish Corner Club during the Irish Channel Parade on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel Parade rolled Uptown. This year, the parade returned to its original route, following the completion of construction on Louisiana avenue.

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Mar 142019
 

On Thursday afternoon, Annunciation Square turned into a sea of green during the Irish Channel Block Party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A pre-Irish Channel Parade block party was held in Annunciation Square on Thursday. The event kicking off St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Channel benefited St. Michael Special School.

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Mar 142019
 

Kathleen Fitzgerald marches on Magazine Street with the Irish Famine Orphan Society in the 2018 Irish Channel parade.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

Riders on the “Jennifer and Christy’s Rebelettes Celebrating Holly Arnold” float roll down Magazine Street in 2018. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 132019
 

Ernie Grillot holds a green beer in front of Tracey’s on St. Patrick’s Day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

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. Continue reading »