ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Green beads, green beards, candy, music, dancing and a lot of tradition — thousands made their way to Dogtown this St. Patrick’s Day for the traditional Ancient Order of Hibernians parade.
The Dogtown parade started in 1984 and has been held every year on actual St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.
Check out photos from the parade this year:
Our previous reporting is as follows:
The 34th annual Ancient Order of Hibrenians Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. today in Dogtown.
Thousands are expected to pack Tamm Avenue – on the sloping lawns, leaning out windows, some on second floor balconies – watching 90 floats go by. Floats of antique cars, waving politicians, clog dancers and bag pipers.
Some families stake out prime corners, grandparents in lawn chairs with quilts on their lap, parents who took off work and kids who skipped school.
For many, it’s a day of beer before lunch, jiggly jello shots, and corned beef sandwiches.
The grand marshals this year is the family of Judge James Dailey Wahl.
Parishioners at St. James the Greater Parish are expected to be in a mood to celebrate, after fending off an Archdiocese’s plan to close their historic grade school, which many see as a fortress of Irish culture.
One change this year: Floats will marshall on Okland Avenue, instead of Forest Park, because of construction.