Time for Green Beer ... It's the Irish Channel Parade!

March 9, 2010 by Marci Hammons

I hate to even write a new blog because the photos from the previous entry are soooo delicious, but I guess the people need their news.

Friends,

Even if it's not the Saints or Mardi Gras , there's always something going on in New Orleans .  Lately, we've been getting ready for St. Patrick's Day .  On Saturday, March 13th, the annual Irish Channel Parade passes right in front of our shop on Magazine Street!

We've been holding out on replacing the plexiglass windows in our storefront, only because last year a cabbage was thrown through one of them.  I'm excited because I think it's going to be one of those days that I get to drink beer at work. Green beer .
As a new resident of New Orleans, I felt it a duty to at least brief the history of the Irish Channel before I enjoyed their parade.  I will share with you what I've learned:

The Irish Channel is a neighborhood located between Magazine Street , First Street , the Mighty Mississippi and Toledano Street .  It came to be when Irish immigrants traveled here from Ireland during the 1940s and 1950s potato famine.  There was plenty of work in this area along the river and the Irish immigrants were too poor to travel further than this point, so most just settled in the area, developing the Irish Channel neighborhood.  One theory behind how the Irish Channel got its name is that when Adele Street would flood, it looked more like a channel than a street.

In 1947, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club was organized.  On Saturday we will be celebrating the 63rd annual parade celebration . I know we will be having fun.  Also, if you are in need of a St. Patty's Day shirt, we have a crap-load of them.  Check 'em out at WearYourStory.com .  We even have a "ginger-friendly" shirt . So, if you are in the area on Saturday, feel free to stop by and see us. We will be "working hard" and enjoying the parade, too.

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