Time once again to celebrate two of New Orleans’ favorite saints, St. Patrick and St. Joseph, by gathering for parties, parades and food-filled altars. St. Patrick’s feast day is March 17, and St. Joseph’s is March 19. Here are some events coming up in Orleans Parish:

  • Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, at 1107 Decatur St.
  • Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at 2604 Magazine St.

    Parasol’s Block Party, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, at the corner of Constance and Third streets.

    Irish Channel Parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Felicity and Magazine streets.

    Italian-American St. Joseph’s French Quarter Parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Convention Center Boulevard and Girod Street.

    Downtown Irish Club Parade starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Burgundy and Piety streets.

Check The New Orleans Advocate for parade routes.

Tea and ‘Downton Abbey’

The Daughters of the British Empire in Louisiana invites everyone to create “Downton Abbey” memories during its annual Afternoon Tea spring fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road.

Held on Longue Vue’s stately grounds, a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, traditional scones accompanied by jams and clotted cream, and tasty pastries will be served along with hot British tea.

Costuming is encouraged, from Victorian garb representing the beginnings of “Downton Abbey” to the current flappers of the Roaring ’20s. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (504) 367-4116.

Early egg hunt

Grab a basket and hop on over to Longue Vue House and Gardens for an Easter egg hunt for members from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and for nonmembers from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 7 Bamboo Road.

The event includes face-painting, lawn games and plant sales. The cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.longuevue.com. For information, call Edna Lanieri at (504) 293-4724 or email her at elanieri@longuevue.com.

Yoga helps animals

Local yoga studios have partnered with the Humane Society of Louisiana to raise money for anti-cruelty programs and to support the Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary, a 47-acre refuge.

“Stretch for the Animals!” hopes to raise more than $1,000 for the society as seven yoga studios donate a portion of the costs of classes held on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.

“We are very excited and grateful for this support from our yoga studio owners, instructors and enthusiasts,” said Jeff Dorson, HSL director and yoga student. “It’s a natural fit since our humane society shares many of the same values and philosophies taught by yoga practitioners: nonviolence, compassion and a mindful approach to living.”

This is the first year for the event, and Dorson hopes to make it statewide next year and a national event in its third year.

Participating this year are:

Shanti Yoga Shala, 3528 Magazine St.

Wild Lotus Yoga Studios, 4842 Perrier St. and 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St.

Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St.

Oak Street Yoga, 8338 Oak St.

Audubon Yoga Studio, 511 Octavia St.

Wild Lotus Yoga Studios, 4842 Perrier St. and 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Yoga Krewe, 2112 Belle Chasse Highway No. 12 in Gretna

The Humane Society of Louisiana is a charitable animal protection and advocacy organization founded in 1988. For information, visit its Facebook page or call (888) 6-HUMANE.

Holy Fish Fry!

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary will hold a Lenten fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the school cafeteria behind the church at 3368 Esplanade Ave. The cost is $8 per plate, which includes fish, french fries, coleslaw and green beans. The fry follows the Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m.

McDonogh 35 reunion

John McDonogh 35 Senior High School’s Class of 1960 will celebrate its 55th reunion in May. For information, call Jacquelyn McMillan at (504) 430-7468.

Park offering reward

Vandals recently ripped off part of the railing of a deck overlooking a Couturie Forest lagoon in City Park. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved. City Park police can be reached at (504) 421-9307.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.