Metro makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 11, without worrying about the hassles of parking, closed streets and traffic.
Parade-goers and race participants can park for free at any one of 21 Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri or Illinois and ride MetroLink to one of four MetroLink stations near the festivities in downtown St. Louis. The Stadium & 8th & Pine MetroLink Stations are both a few blocks from the starting line of the St. Patrick’s Day Run, and the Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium and 8th & Pine Stations are all within two to three blocks of the Market Street parade route.
MetroBus is also a great option for getting to the downtown festivities on Saturday. Parade-goers can ride on one of 13 MetroBus routes to 18th Street and Clark Avenue, next to Union Station, and walk a couple blocks north to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route on Market Street.
The St. Patrick’s Day Run begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Walnut St., and the parade kicks off at noon at Market and 20th Streets. Metro will monitor MetroLink platforms for crowds throughout the day, and extra service will be added, as needed.
To plan your trip to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown St. Louis, download the Metro On the Go app to your mobile device, use the schedules or online Trip Planner at metrostlouis.org, or contact Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Several MetroBus routes will have detours in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 11, due to the parade and run. Information on all MetroBus reroutes can be found in the Rider Alert section of metrostlouis.org.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 79 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.