A Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis
We’re seeing green, which only means one thing: St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here! Irish eyes will be smiling this Saturday, March 17 as two of St. Louis’ most popular St. Paddy’s Day celebrations take the streets of STL for one gloriously green day.
We’ve put together this must-do list for the Dogtown and Downtown St. Louis parades. Not headed to those parties? We’ve got you covered with celebrations happening in Illinois and St. Charles County.
(And don’t forget to grab a green fried doughnut from Krispy Kreme before you head out for the day!)
For the early birds, celebrate St. Pat’s at Pat’s beginning at 6 am with $7 breakfast plates, live Irish music inside all day starting at 8 am, and an outdoor party tent with food, drinks and live music.
The annual Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 am at Tamm & Oakland with over 100 floats featuring Irish Family Clans and salutes to Irish heritage, history, faith, and culture.
Kicking-off at the conclusion of the parade is the first-ever Dogtown Irish Festival featuring food and drink from numerous vendors, a Merchant Village with creative and unique products, live music from Rusty Nail from 1-5 pm, and more.
NOTE: Tamm Ave. establishments close at 8 pm.
Downtown St. Louis
Beginning with the 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run at 9 am, the Irish and non-Irish alike will weave through the streets of downtown St. Louis ending at Ballpark Village with food, drink, merch and live entertainment.
Also opening at 9 a.m. is the Leprechaun Village in Aloe Plaza (across from Union Station) featuring Irish-themed entertainment, food, bounce houses, caricature artists and more.
For those late-risers (or those coming directly from the Dogtown festival), meet us at 20th and Market St. at 1 pm to kick-off the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade, also known as St. Louis’ “Rite of Spring,” will feature more than 130 units, including floats, bands, marching units, large helium-filled balloons and more than 5,000 marchers.
For the 21+ crowd, stay for the Pot of Gold Party at Ballpark Village in the Brew House for drink specials, giveaways and more!
Downtown Belleville’s Main Street is sure to be a sea of green on Saturday with their annual St. Paddy’s party!
At 9 am, a 5K runs through the downtown streets, and at 11 am the town’s popular Hibernian St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 3rd and West Main Street past Charles Street. As soon as the parade route clears, the St. Patrick’s Day downtown block party kicks off, ensuring the celebrations continue well into the evening with live music, food and drinks.
Celebrate St. Pat’s in Alton from 11 am – 7 pm along Third Street, Broadway and State Street. Explore your Irish roots with corned beef sandwiches and green beer while dancing to fiddle music!
Free heated shuttles will run on a continuous loop throughout the festival.
Skipping the downtown madness? Head to Cottleville for an Irish celebration like no other!
Kicking off with The Run for the Helmet, runners will loop through Cottleville and finish at Bemo’s for the post-race party.
For alumni and friends, head to St. Charles Community College to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast.
The parade steps off at noon from Warren Elementary with over 80 floats. Be sure to stop by Legacy Park for other activities between 10 am – 4 pm.