Go Green and Ride Metro to St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
The St. Louis region knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Metro Transit makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the fun – without worrying about driving, parking, traffic, street closures or high gas prices.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off this Saturday, March 12, in Downtown St. Louis and Belleville. The celebration moves to Dogtown on March 17 with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival. Families and parade-goers can park for free at any one of 18 Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois and ride MetroLink to the festivities, and there are also several convenient MetroBus options for each event.
Details of the events and nearby transit connections are below. To plan your trip to St. Patrick’s Day fun, visit metrostlouis.org, use the Transit app, or contact Metro Transit Information for assistance at 314.207.9786 (text) or 314.231.2345 (phone), available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis
Saturday, March 12 at Noon
The 53rd annual Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade comes to downtown St. Louis on March 12, starting at noon from 20th & Market Street, traveling east on Market to Broadway, ending at Broadway and Clark Streets. The parade route is near four downtown MetroLink stations and the Civic Center Transit Center.
MetroLink: Union Station MetroLink Station, Civic Center Transit Center, Stadium MetroLink Station, 8th & Pine
MetroBus: More than a dozen MetroBus routes connect to the Civic Center Transit Center in downtown St. Louis, located just one block south of the parade route. Please note that buses will be operating on reroutes in downtown around the parade route.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Belleville, IL
Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m.
Now in its 20th year and hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Belleville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11 a.m., moving east on Main Street from 3rd to Oak Streets.
MetroLink: Belleville MetroLink Station
MetroBus: #1 Main-State Street, #15 Belleville-Shiloh/Scott Station, #16 St. Clair Square, #17 Carlyle Plaza-17th Street
Thursday, March 17 — Festival at 9 a.m. Parade at 11 a.m.
The Irish Festival begins at 9 a.m., highlighting the spirit and celebrated history of the Dogtown neighborhood, and featuring food, drinks, music and more. The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ parade begins at 11 a.m., with about 100 colorful floats saluting Irish heritage and culture.
MetroBus: #31 Chouteau, #59 Oakland, #90 Hampton
Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes 18 battery electric buses and nearly 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 59 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.