Traditionally, throngs of people descend on Parasol's Bar & Restaurant (2533 Constance St., 504-302-1543; www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com) in March for its annual St. Patrick's Day block party. But the proprietors hope to see a big crowd this weekend as the Irish Channel bar and po-boy joint celebrates its 60th anniversary and raises money for the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, which provides free medical, health and wellness services to local musicians through the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org). Parasol's has pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds from Friday to Sunday (Oct. 19-21) to the foundation and has set a goal of selling 1,000 po-boys for the cause.
"It's important to us that we get behind our New Orleans musicians beyond just throwing a contribution in the tip jars," says Parasol's owner John Hogan.
Parasol's will serve a limited menu during the three-day fundraiser to help the kitchen keep up with anticipated volume. The menu includes the roast beef po-boy, a grilled chicken po-boy (to provide a leaner option in line with the Musicians Assistance Foundation's efforts to promote healthier lifestyles) and other items.