Due to COVID safety and regulations, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club has cancelled its annual parade for two years in a row now. As a result, the club has partnered with The Holy Ground Irish Pub in Mid-City and Parasol's Bar & Restaurant in the Irish Channel to continue supporting the local community by raising donations for charity. Anyone who visits these restaurants and makes a donation to St. Michael Special School will receive a free green beer.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day club is also hosting a drive thru event on March 17 at the front of St. Michael Special School on 1522 Chippewa St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where guests are encouraged to provide a cash, check, or credit card donation to the school. In return, guests will be given a free gift from the children of the school.
St. Michael Special School teaches religion, reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, computer, creative arts, culinary science, music, and independent living to students aged anywhere between 6 years old and adulthood who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The school also offers extracurricular activities including speech therapy, music therapy, physical education, student council, sports, cheerleading, and tons of group work and collaboration to develop emotional and social skills for its students. All proceeds to the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will be donated directly to the St. Michael Special School to support the students and faculty.
In addition to the drive-thru event, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club will be holding its annual St. Patrick's Day mass on Saturday, March 13. It will take place at St. Mary's Assumption Church on 923 Josephine St. at noon and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Strict COVID-safety protocols will be in place during mass.
Parasol's, The Holy Ground Irish Pub, Base Logistics, The New Orleans Ancient Order of Hibernians, The New Orleans Emerald Society, and the Irish Channel Corner Club have all contributed to the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club's fundraising campaign.
For more information, please visit www.irishchannelno.org.