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If you’re headed to downtown St. Louis on Saturday or to the Dogtown neighborhood on Sunday, Metro Transit makes it easy for you to enjoy all of the fun and festivities without worrying about navigating street closures, dealing with traffic and finding a place to park.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run in Downtown St. Louis
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Louis kicks off at 12 p.m. at Market and 20th Streets on March 16. The St. Patrick’s Day Run begins at 9 a.m. that morning at the intersection of Broadway and Walnut Street. Park for free at any Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri or Illinois, and take MetroLink to one of four MetroLink stations near the festivities.
The Stadium and 8th & Pine MetroLink Stations are both a few blocks from the St. Patrick’s Day Run starting line, 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 parade downtown on March 16. There are several MetroBus routes that serve the Civic Center Transit Center in downtown St. Louis. Get off there and walk a couple blocks north to the parade route on Market Street.
Due to the St. Patrick’s Day run and parade, there may be reroutes that impact your commute. We recommend checking Rider Alerts for the latest information on your route before heading out to this weekend’s festivities.
Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 35th Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on March 17 in the Dogtown neighborhood, and is immediately followed by an outdoor Irish Festival.
The parade runs along Tamm Avenue between Oakland Avenue and Manchester Road. The #90 Hampton serves Hampton Avenue and the #59 Dogtown serves Oakland Avenue, both just a couple blocks east of Tamm Avenue.
Please note the #31 Chouteau and #59 Dogtown will have detours on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., due to St. Patrick’s Day activities.
To plan your trip to St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities in downtown St. Louis or in Dogtown, download the Transit app to your phone, use Trip Planner, or contact Metro Transit Information, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 or texting 314-207-9786.
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There will be plenty of music, marchers and lots and lots of green at the “Traditional” Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the 3rd Annual Dogtown Irish Festival on Tuesday, March 17 in Dogtown, one of St. Louis’ oldest Irish neighborhoods. The big St Pat’s celebration kicks off at 11:00am with the 37th annual parade. Following the parade, the streets of Dogtown will be turned into a sea of green when the Irish Festival begin. The festival will feature a variety of attractions throughout all of Dogtown. There will be food and drink available up and down Tamm Avenue from a variety of vendors, there will be merchants and vendors at Clayton and Tamm and throughout the rest of the event site, and for the first time ever a Family Area will be set up in the eastern portion of the Turtle Park. The Family Area will feature traditional Irish music, food and drink for kids and parents, and several interactive family attractions. Among the attractions confirmed so far is Fredbird, juggling and face painting, and Irish Dancing demonstrations! The festival main stage, located at Clayton and Art Hill, will feature live music from Rusty Nail from 1pm to 5pm. Once again there is a “no cooler/backpack” rule for this year’s events. This was a result of concerns concerning trash, underage drinking and “binge” drinking. In the interest of public safety, all glass containers will be banned. To assure compliance, there will be 75 security guards from multiple private event security firms to operate 25 entry/exit areas and along the parade route. Security will be operational between 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM to enforce festival policies, direct traffic, marshal the route, and protect street closures. Police officials will ticket illegally parked vehicles and also will be checking for underage drinking in the Clayton-Tamm area. All outside sales will cease at 6:00 PM and business establishments on Tamm will close at 8:00 PM.