St. Patrick's Day Parade, St. Louis

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The 48th Annual, 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 11th. The 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Louis, the 48th annual, will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Noon, in Downtown St. Louis. The Parade takes place "rain or shine". It will begin at 20th and Market Streets and proceeds east on Market to Broadway and then south on Broadway where it will disband at Clark Street. Visit the Parade Route page for additional route details.


St. Patrick's Day Parade, St. Louis


Contact Phone
P: (314) 241-PATS
Website
https://irishparade.org/

Description

THE 48TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND THE 39TH ANNUAL MICHELOB ULTRA ST. PATRICK’S DAY RUN WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be dedicated to St. Louis’ First Responders. Leading the 48th annual parade will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr.; Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan; an Irish Guest of Honor to be named; our Honorary Parade Marshal John Saunders, president and chief executive officer Fleishman Hillard; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; and other dignitaries. The parade steps off at noon from 20th and Market Streets and proceeds east on Market to Broadway and then south on Broadway where it will disband at Clark Street. Market Street will be closed at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to Broadway. Parade units will stage starting at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to 18th Street. The parade, also known as St. Louis’ "Rite of Spring," will feature over 130 units, including floats, bands, marching units, large helium-filled balloons, and over 5,000 marchers. A Marine color guard from the 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment based in St. Louis will lead the parade. In the past with good weather, more than 350,000 spectators have gathered along Market Street to watch the elaborate floats, marching bands, marching units, dance groups, animal units, novelty units, and motorized units. The children's favorites – giant cartoon character helium-filled balloons – will be featured in the parade. Each balloon will have its own team of handlers, usually employees of the corporate sponsor of the balloon in question. McGlynn noted the support the run has received over the years from Anheuser-Busch, “From the very first run 39 years ago, Anheuser-Busch was there supporting our efforts.” The 39th Annual Michelob ULTRA St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run will precede the parade at 9:00 a.m. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run is St. Louis’ largest locally organized run. It covers a five mile course which will begin on Broadway just south of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark hotel in front of the Ballpark Village (Broadway between Walnut and Clark Streets) and conclude at 8th and Market Streets. Runners will then be directed to the Michelob ULTRA Runners Village at The Ballpark Village at 7th and Walnut Streets. Ballpark Village will also be the site of this year’s Irish Village featuring a live band, food and beverage which will be open prior to, during and after the parade. Over 8,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers of all ages participated in the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Run. There are 13 different age categories for both male and female competitive runners, ranging in age from under14 to 70-plus years. Prizes will be awarded in age categories for both men and women, including “14 and under” and “70 and over.” Runners may register online at: wwwstpatsrun.org. The cost is $29.00 (plus online fee) but that will increase to $32.00 on February 1. All runners will be issued timing chips affixed to their bib numbers. The chips are disposable and do not need to be returned. Wearing the chip is the choice of the runner, but only those top finishers with chip recorded times will be eligible for prizes. Runners must register by early March to receive a timing chip. The distinction of “competitive” and “non-competitive” categories has been eliminated. Past top finishers will be issued special bib numbers so they can start closer to the front of the pack. The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark is the official hotel of the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade. For information on special St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run room packages, visit the hotel’s “Hotel Specials” page of its website WWW.HILTONSTLOUIS.COM or call 314-421-1776. The Shamrock Village opens at 9:00 a.m. on Parade Day at the Aloe Plaza across from Union Station on Market Street and closes at 4 p.m. The Village will feature a Main Stage and food and beverage booths provided by Maggie O’s which is across the street at 20th and Market Streets. Starting at 9:00 a.m. some of the unique inflatable balloons that will be in the parade will begin inflating at Aloe Plaza as part of the pre-parade activities. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Michelob Ultra St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run celebration kicks off Friday night, March 11 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 South Broadway, with cocktails and dinner. For cost and further information, call 314-241-PATS or visit our website at www.irishparade.org. # # # #

General Info

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be dedicated to St. Louis’ First Responders. Leading the 48th annual parade will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr.; Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan; an Irish Guest of Honor to be named; our Honorary Parade Marshal John Saunders, president and chief executive officer Fleishman Hillard; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; and other dignitaries.

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