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Today's Events: 3.15.12

Today, Parasol's welcomes St. Patrick's Day a couple of days early to the Irish Channel, The Poetry Brothel gets up close at Allways Lounge, Room 220 hosts a dynamic local lit duo at Antenna Gallery and the LPO rolls into First Baptist Church. On this day, Andrew Jackson, the namesake of our city's most prominent Square, and the Old Hickory that lead the pirates and privates to victory in the War of 1812, would've been 245 years old and, just before that War of 1812 win, La. Gov. William C.C. Claiborne ordered Jean Lafitte's pirates of Barataria to disband (1813). Good thing he didn't. Now back to today:

NOLA St. Patrick's Day Celebration Starts Today

by Brad Rhines

While the Uptown factions continue to divide their loyalty between Parasol’s and Tracey’s, there’s only one spot for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown New Orleans this weekend, as Markey’s Bar kicks off the season with the 2012 Downtown Irish Club Block Party.  The block party is the first of a number of events around town that will have folks seeing green over the next few weeks as the city celebrates its Irish heritage.

Third Street Seeing Green

The Irish Channel's Third St. might end up green tonight from all the colored beer likely to be spilled. At the corner of Magazine St., Tracey's - the bar owned by Parsol's old owners - is throwing a block party to celebrate St. Patty's. Deeper into the city's original Irish stronghold, at Third and Constance St., Parasol's, under new ownership, is keeping alive the original March 17 block party. Double the block parties means only one thing...doube the roast beef po-boys!

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