On Sunday (March 12), the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Deutsches Haus will celebrate Ireland’s patron saint as they do in the small villages in the Old Country, with a céilí (a gathering).
For just one day, Deutsches Haus will be ceremonially handed over to the Irish. This will be a celebration of the traditional culture of Ireland as well as a recognition of the Irish-German families that are an integral part of New Orleans.
The free gathering will have Celtic musicians, Irish dancers and bagpipers. The Haus kitchen will prepare traditional Irish food, including cabbage and bacon with parsley sauce, cottage pie, and potato-leek soup with dark brown soda bread (plus nuggets and fries for the kids).
Deutsches Haus promises there will be no drunks in white tuxedoes, no Mardi Gras music or beads — and no green beer.
The doors open at 11 a.m., and the opening ceremony will be at noon with an authentic “Old German” handing over the keys to Duetsches Haus to the Irish with the admonition “Please don’t burn the place down.”
Between noon and 4:30 p.m., there will be the Ryan School of Irish Dance, musicians doing traditional jigs and reels, sing-alongs, the Muggavin School of Irish Dance and an end-the-day event with singers performing a set of Irish standards.
The daytime event is free and kid and pet friendly. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
At 5:30 that evening, musician Beth Patterson will host a concert. Patterson was born in Lafayette, where early on she learned to perform Cajun music. She later gravitated to Celtic and spent a year studying traditional Irish music at University College, Cork. When she returned to Louisiana, Patterson became a founding member of the Poor Clare’s musical group, performing at Jazz Fest and regularly appearing at Irish festivals and pubs around the country.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for Haus members and $20 for non-members. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at the Deutsches Haus website.
Deutsches Haus is located at 1700 Moss Street. For visitors’ peace of mind (and car windows), there is plenty of free secure parking inside the fenced and gated lot.