Don something green and enjoy the 66th annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club parade on Saturday. Street construction is changing the route this year, with the parade starting at 1:30 p.m. at Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street, then heading along Napoleon to Magazine Street, then onto Jackson Avenue.

Before parading, club members will gather at noon for Mass at historic St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 923 Josephine St.

Grand marshal is Blaine Gahagan, and Man of the Year is Steve Caraway.

The queen is Anna Irene Dawson, and maids are Elizabeth “Betty” Clark, Isabel Catherine Gibson, Chase Lynne Jackson, Megan L. Murphy, Sandra “Sadie” Murphy and Alli M. Tully.

The club will hold its annual block party, benefiting St. Michael’s Special School, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the feast day of St. Patrick, March 17, at Annunciation Square playground, 800 Race St. For information visit

Several St. Patrick celebrations will be held in Orleans Parish. They include:

Molly’s at the Market Irish parade starting at 6 p.m. Friday at 1107 Decatur St.

Tracey’s St. Paddy’s Day Party at 11 a.m. Saturday and March 17, 2604 Magazine St.

Parasol’s Block Party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and March 17, 2533 Constance St.

Downtown Irish Club parade starting at 6 p.m. March 17 at Burgundy and Piety streets, then heading into the French Quarter.

For information about parades and parties in Orleans and surrounding parishes visit

LPO’s Opus Ball

Celebrate the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s 25th season and Carlos Miguel Prieto’s 10th year as Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin musical director and principal conductor at the annual Opus Ball at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the Orpheum Theater.

An LPO concert will feature some of Prieto’s favorite selections and a new piece written by Samuel Zyman titled “Rebirth,” performed by world-renowned cellist and Prieto’s father, Carlos Prieto Sr.

Patron tickets are $500 and include the 6 p.m. patron party, the concert, a seated dinner and dancing. A $350 ticket includes the concert, seated dinner and dancing. A $150 ticket includes balcony seating and a buffet. For information and to purchase tickets, call the LPO office at (504) 523-6530.

Parkway Partners sale

The next Parkway Partners Second Saturday program is set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Department of Parks and Parkways site at 2829 Gentilly Blvd. This will be a bigger than usual plant and tree sale, and horticulture expert Dan Gill will be on hand to guide your selections.

For information visit or call (504) 620-2224.

Parlez vous?

Join Alliance Francaise de La Nouvelle Orleans for a French/English “Speak Easy” language exchange gathering from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave.

Enjoy conversation, French beer and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15 for alliance members and $20 for others, and participants must register in advance. For information visit

Seabrook meeting

The Seabrook Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Willing Workers Baptist Church, 5714 Eads St., where the Rev. Henry Lawrence is pastor. Members are invited to bring guests. For information call association President L.B. McMillan at (504) 288-5088.

Jung, Joyce and Lucia

The premiere performance of “Visions of Genius: Jung, Joyce and Lucia” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave. A benefit for C.G. Jung Soceity of New Orleans, the play by Jungian analyst Del. McNeely raises questions about art and madness.

Seating is limited, and tickets are $20. For information, visit

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensen