With the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled for the second year in a row because of coronavirus concerns, organizers announce two ways people can still safely celebrate while supporting a good cause.
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club says it will partner with two New Orleans bars for a month-long green beer fundraiser and host a drive-through event for donations.
Both events help raise money for St. Michael Special School, which has educated students with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1965.
For the month of March, the club partners with Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant in the Irish Channel and The Holy Ground Irish Pub in Mid-City. Organizers say anyone who visits those bars can provide a donation to St. Michael Special School in exchange for a free green beer.
Organizers will also host a drive-through event at St. Michael Special School, 1522 Chippewa Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. During the event, guests are asked to provide a cash or credit card donation and receive a free gift from the children of the school.
For the drive-through event, COVID-safety measures will be in place, including required masks and social distancing, organizers say. That also means kisses for flowers will not be exchanged this year.
Even though the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club won’t march this year, the group will still hold its annual Mass, which normally precedes the parade.
The Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 923 Josephine Street, at noon on Saturday, March 13 is open to the public, following all COVID-safety protocols, organizers say.