By Lisa Payne-Naeger

Getting your Irish on in St. Louis is easy and fun. You won’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s day parade. It’s a St. Louis tradition and jam packed with exciting floats, balloons and dignitaries. Before you finalize your plans for the big day, make sure you check out the parade route, and the events along the way. There’s enough to keep you and your family very engaged in Irish celebration, all day long.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown St. Louis

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12 p.m.

St. Louisans are serious about their St. Patrick’s, Day Parade. It takes place in rain or shine. The event starts at 20th and Market Streets, turns at the Old Court House and concludes at Clark and Broadway. Noted as one of the best St. Patrick’s parades in the country, ours boasts of more than 120 marching bands, floats, large cartoon character balloons, clowns and more. More than 5000 marchers round out the spectacular celebration. It’s said that this event is the largest of its kind in our city and the streets are a sea of green during the events. 

And true to form of St. Louis celebrations, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is a family friendly event with lots of food and drink booths along the way. Have a hotdog, burger, brat and soft drink or beer as you enjoy the parade. Don’t forget to stop in at the Irish Village in Kiener Plaza for more fun, food and entertainment during the day.

Kids will love the giant helium balloons, and you may want to arrive early to watch them being inflated. Murphy the Leprechaun is always a favorite, as well as the Irish flag. Aloe Plaza, on the corner of 18th and Chestnut Streets is where you can watch the fun from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Parking, Transportation And Accessibility 

There will be many street and exit closings between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day of the parade, so parade organizers recommend taking the MetroLink or a MetroBus to the event. Metered, on-street parking is available and anyone who parks at those meters must be aware that meter hours and regulations will be in effect through the weekend. Parking is available at various places near the “Green Line.” 

The Run

Some people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and other events, with an invigorating run. Our celebration offers just that such thing. Approximately 8000 people will participate in this year’s event. At 9 a.m., promptly, the 5 mile run begins at 18th and Market and concludes at Broadway and Market. Runner’s Village, at the end of the race route, will offer support for participants with water, exhibitors, food and beverages, along with live music to be enjoyed by participants and spectators.

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

The Villages

Ball Park Village is transformed to an Irish utopia of merchants, entertainment, food and libation. This map lays out the day’s amenities. It’s the perfect place to wind up after the run and parade. It opens at 9 a.m. and the fun extends long after the parade. Leprechaun Village has entertainment for the little people in you life and also opens at 9 a.m. in Aloe Plaza. Shamrock Village, in Aloe Plaza features Irish-themed entertainment by The Darrells and lots of Irish whiskey and non alcoholic beverages as well. 

Related: Top St. Patrick’s Day Parties In St. Louis

Comments (2)
  1. Will there be anything going on for the actual St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th? We’ll be visiting here from out of state

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