Another weekend, another celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and it doesn’t matter that you’re not Irish, not lucky, or don’t like the color green, you will not be able to escape the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in St. Louis. So let me go ahead and tell you about the spread so you can start making plans now.
There are 3 main events to choose from:
Irish Dinner: The Hilton at the Ballpark is hosting the annual Irish dinner, a formal evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing and introductions to the dignitaries who have arrived from Ireland and various places throughout the U.S. to join in our St. Louis festivities.
Date: Friday, March 15th
Time: Cocktail reception: 6pm, Dinner 7:30pm
St. Patrick’s Day Run: The 35th Annual Run for The Irish 5-mile run through the streets of downtown and midtown is one of the largest runs in St. Louis. The run starts at Broadway & Walnut through downtown and midtown to the 4 mile marker at Olive & 20th, where the final 400-meter sprint to the finish begins and ends at Olive & 8th. There will be a bag check at the Ballpark Hilton for $5 before the race. Runners can head to the Irish Village at Kiener Plaza after the race to watch the parade and enjoy a post-race Michelob Ultra.
Date: Saturday, March 16
Cost: $29 (registration ends on March 14)
The 44th Annual Downtown STL Parade: Begins at 12pm at the corner of 18th and Market on Saturday. It will head East on Market and end at the corner of Broadway and Market. While it’s no Mardi Gras Parade, St. Louis’ St. Patty’s Day Parade is noted as one of the top in the country. It will have approximately 120 participants, consisting of marching bands, floats, cartoon character balloons, clowns and much more. There will be tons of food and drink booths along the parade route as well as music and entertainment in Kiener Plaza aka Irish Village all day.
*New this year, there will be a balloon inflation party at 18th and Chestnut from 8-11am, where kids can watch the cartoon character balloons being inflated before the parade.
- Maggie O’Brien’s on the corner of 20th & Market will have live music inside and outdoor beer booths.
- Tigin Irish Pub at 333 Washington Ave will be partying all week long, but on Saturday they will have an outdoor tent, pints and pancakes from 7-11am, live music and fun giveaways. Cover is $5 but they are giving away $10 gift cards also.
- Jack Patrick’s Bar & Grill at 1000 Olive is a great place to party on St. Patty’s Day. They have fun games and cheap drinks.
- St. Patty’s Pub Crawl: Join the Wash Ave Bar Crawl happening from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $15 if purchased today, or $20 and include 3 Bud Light drink tickets, drink specials at all 9 Wash Ave participating bars and a St. Patty’s Day mug.
St. Patrick’s Day Run: The Run for the Helmet begins at 8am at the Fire Station, loops through Cottleville and ends at 9:30am at Sherlock’s Steak & Seafood for the post race party and award ceremony. It’s a 7K Run or a 2 mile Fun Run. Registration fee is $30 (in advance) and includes run t-shirt, RFID chip timing and refreshments at the finish line.
Date: Saturday, March 16
Cost: $30 before March 13th, $35 after
5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The parade will begin at Cottleville Pkwy & Weiss Rd, travel down Highway N through historic Cottleville and end at Francis Howell Central. the parade has approximately 100 participants, with marchers, floats, clowns in golf carts and more. There will be free shuttles running from Old American Furniture, St. Charles Community College and Warren Elementary to take people to and from the parade.
Date: March 16
Ancient Order of Hiberians St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The annual Dogtown parade has been sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hiberians since 1984. It is always held on St. Patick’s Day and is the most widely known St. Patrick’s Day event in St. Louis. It starts at the corner of Tamm & Oakland and travels down Tamm, ending at Manchester. There will be food and beer booths set up along the parade route.
Date: Sunday, March 17th
*New this year: The Dogtown Merchants Association is enforcing a No Cooler regulation this year, so please do not bring coolers.
- Seamus McDaniel’s at 1208 Tamm is a great bar to check out on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Felix’s Pizza Pub at 6335 Clayton will be serving free breakfast with drink purchase starting at 8am and is open until midnight.
- Pat’s Bar & Grill at 6400 Oakland Ave is along the parade route and always a fun time.
- Jackson’s at 6655 Manchester or Colombo’s at 6487 Manchester are a little South of Dogtown. If you don’t want to be packed in like a sardine, you might want to go there.
- St. James Greater Church always hosts a party with corned beef and cabbage, Irish dancers music and other fun throughout the day.
Other neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day events:
Maple Grove has a pretty great St. Patrick’s Day celebration planned as well. Check out Claddagh Irish Pub at 8am for Kegs & Eggs, plus live Irish entertainment all day plus other nearby family fun events. And Chesterfield bars indulge in the celebration as well with bars like Lester’s and Miller’s Crossing offering corned beef and cabbage and drink specials all day. So pick your place and enjoy the festivities….and don’t forget to wear green!
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