Belladonna Day Spa
After a few hard days of stuffing yourself with rich Creole food and getting sloshed on gallons of Nola Blonde, it’s time to treat...
Former home of author Anne Rice. The vampire-tale spinner lived here for many years, and regularly invited fans to tour her home. Which,...
Joseph Carroll House
A beautiful center-hall house with double galleries laced with cast-iron filaments. The house was designed by architect Samuel Jamison....
Parasol’s isn’t just in the Irish Channel; it sort of is the Irish Channel, serving as community center, nexus of gossip and,...
Irish Channel information
The name Irish Channel is a bit of a misnomer. Although this historic neighborhood, which borders the Garden Districts, was settled by poor Irish immigrants fleeing the 1840s potato famine, many German and black residents have coexisted here in a truly multicultural gumbo. This is still a working-class cluster of shotgun houses and you may not want to walk around alone at night, but in general it’s pleasant for ambling. Come St Patty’s Day, a big block party takes over Constance St in front of Parasol’s.
On a historical note, wage-earning Irish were widely regarded as more economical than slaves, particularly for dangerous assignments, since it cost nothing to replace an Irish laborer who died on the job.