Top Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events In St. Louis

March 11, 2016 7:00 AM

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, but it’s a huge drinking holiday for most of the city. How do people with kids navigate this holiday in St. Louis? Here are five of the best options. Dress up in your emerald best and enjoy what the city has to offer.

St. Patrick’s Day Run 
Broadway and Walnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 231-2598
www.irishparade.org/run

Date: March 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

The run is open to families and children, although you should be aware that the drinking holiday begins here for many people (the run is sponsored by Michelob). Kids can walk the route, which begins near the Stadium MetroLink station and covers five miles. This event attracts around 14,000 runners each year; just seeing what kind of wacky holiday costumes the participants come up with is a lot of fun. There’s a runner’s village at the end, but it gets crowded and a lot of drinking happens there, so families may want to celebrate their fun somewhere else.

Downtown Parade 
18th St. and Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63106
(314) 241-7287
www.irishparade.org

Date: Mar. 12, 2016 at noon

One of the top parades in the country takes place in downtown St. Louis every year. with more than 120 marching bands, floats, giant balloons, clowns and more. The streets will be festive with vendors offering food, drinks, and souveniers. The parade will begin at noon and make its way east on market from 18th Street to Broadway. Get there early to get a good spot, and allow plenty of time to park if you’re not coming by Metrolink.
Leprechaun Village 
Aloe Plaza
1800 Market
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 241-7287
www.irishparade.org

Date: March 12, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Leprechaun Village is an Irish-themed entertainment area for kids of all ages. A balloon inflation event kicks off the Leprechaun party at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy food from Weber’s Front Row, performances by local Irish dance schools, bounce houses, and free caricature portraits from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members of the Gateway Super Heroes will be in the crowd all morning, and then they’ll become the balloon handlers after the parade begins. The Leprechaun Village area will also be treated to live announcements of each unit in the parade as it passes by.

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Hibernians Parade
Dogtown
Tamm Ave. and Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
www.stlhibernians.com

Date: March 17, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

The Hibernians parade is a a family-friendly, authentic Irish alternative to the more alcohol-heavy events that go on around town this time of year. For the holiday, Dogtown celebrates its Irish-American roots with an authentic tribute to St. Patrick. Beer is available, but heavy drinking is discouraged and coolers are banned at this neighborhood event. The parade begins at Tamm and Oakland and ends at Tamm and Manchester. Parking is always a serious issue, so carpool if you can and get there early.

Free Family Night
The Magic House Children’s Museum
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900
magichouse.org

Date: March 18, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Just want to escape from all the drinking with your kids? Maybe the best option for you is to visit The Magic House for Free Family Night. This happens the third Friday of every month, which means it’s conveniently timed to make your holiday weekend feel festive. Up to two adults and four children can enjoy free entrance to the museum, where they can explore more than 100 hands-on exhibits. No reservation needed.

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Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.

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