In St. Louis, everyone is "Irish" on St. Patrick's Day! Local bars and restaurants serve up favorite Irish drinks and dishes and the color green is seen on everyone from school children to clerks in the grocery stores. The lake at Westport Plaza is even dyed a nice shade of emerald green just for the holiday!
The Dogtown Neighborhood of the City of St. Louis, because of its Irish heritage, is the location of the St Patrick's Day Parade that is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. This parade is always held on March 17th of each year and features Irish dancers, floats, bagpipes, kilts, clans and more green! It runs the length of Tamm, beginning at Clayton Road and ending at Manchester Road. After the parade, stay for lunch at one of the many Irish pubs in the neighborhood!
St. Louis has another St. Patrick's Day Parade which is typically held on the Saturday BEFORE March 17th. It has one of the largest attendance of any events held in downtown St. Louis bringing over 250,000 spectators that line Market Street to watch floats, bagpipe marching bands, Irish dancers and more! The Saturday morning of the parade, the annual St. Patrick's Day Run is held. It is a 5 mile loop race that takes place on the streets of Downtown and Midtown. It has been held, rain or shine, since 1978 and attracts over 11,000 runners each year.