18th St. and Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63106
Date: March 15, 2014 at Noon
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown STL is considered one of the top parades in the country. The procession begins at 18th and Market and makes its way east to Broadway and Market. The parade features over 120 marching bands, floats, giant balloons, troupes of clowns and other entertainments. The parade route will be lined with vendors selling hot dogs, soft drinks, burgers, brats and beer, along with novelty items and souveniers. The parade will begin at noon on Saturday, March 15, but allow plenty of time to park and find a good spot to enjoy the show. Bring a chair and enjoy the festive atmosphere before the parade.
500 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Date: March 15, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Layer on everything green from your closet and come on down to celebrate every Irish with your fellow St. Louisans. The Irish Village will open at 9am on Saturday, March 15 at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis, at the end of the parade route. The Village will offer all sorts of culinary treats, beverages, shopping opportunities, and plenty of live music and entertainment, all with an Irish theme. The Village will operate before, during and after the noon parade.
Tamm Ave. and Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Date: March 17, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
The Hibernians parade is meant to be a family-friendly, genuinely Irish alternative to the usual hard-drinking, kiss-me-I’m- Irish shenanigans that go on every March 17. Dogtown is an Irish-American neighborhood, and their celebration is an authentic tribute to St. Patrick. Although beer is available, coolers have been banned in an attempt to discourage heavy drinking and the accompanying bad behavior. This is a neighborhood event. The Hibernian parade takes place in Dogtown on the 17th at 12:30 p.m. The route starts at Tamm and Oakland and ends at Tamm and Manchester.
2119 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
Did you know that St. Louis has an authentic Irish imports store? Kerry Cottage has all sorts of goodies, from handwoven sweaters to Waterford crystal and Belleek china. This would be a great place to bring the kids to pick up some Irish cookies, tea and music on your way home from the parade, so you can enjoy an Emerald Isle snack at home. While you’re there, point out all the wool caps and throws and other Irish goods.
St. Patrick’s Day Run
Broadway and Walnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Date: March 15, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Join over 14,000 runners on the streets of St. Louis. Kids are welcome, and lots of people dress up (or decorate strollers) in ridiculously green and sparkly St. Pat’s finery. Even if your kids choose to walk the five-mile route, they will have a great time. The starting line is close to the Stadium MetroLink station, so it’s easy to get there. Be warned that St. Patrick’s Day obsession with beer is present even at the run. Runners are often seen pushing barrels of beer in shopping carts or drinking as they run. The runner’s village is often overcrowded, and free beer is being handed out there as well, so you might prefer to have someone meet you at the end with water and jackets and skiip the village afterward.
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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com