ST. LOUIS 48TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND THE 39TH ANNUAL MICHELOB ULTRA ST. PATRICK’S DA
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be dedicated to the city of St. Louis’ First Responders.
Leading the 48 th annual parade will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn, Jr.; Parade Committee Chairperson Joe Milligan; Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; our Honorary Parade Marshal John Saunders, president and chief executive officer of FleishmanHillard; Mayor Francis Slay; Parade Director Karen Lee; and other dignitaries.
The First Responders special unit in the parade will be led by Police Chief Sam Dotson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson as well as representatives of first responders who have been injured in the line of duty along with active police and firefighters.
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 18 th Street. Participants and spectators are encouraged to use the official hashtag of the event - #stlucky - to share why they feel lucky this St. Patrick’s Day.
The parade 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 3 rd Battalion, 23 rd 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 childrens 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 concludes at 8 th and Market Streets. Runners will then be directed to the Michelob ULTRA Runners Village at The Ballpark Village at 7 th 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 under 14 to 70-plus years. Prizes will be awarded in age categories or both men and women, including “14 and under” and “70 and over.”
This year’s run will bring back the popular “Best Costume” award competition. Individuals and teams can show off their best Irish-themed outfits. In the past there have been
Irish potatoes as well as St. Patrick driving out the snakes. The runners’ creativity is their only limit.
Runners may register online at: www.stpatsrun.com. The cost is $32.00 with the entry fee going up in March. Past top finishers will be issued special bib numbers so they will be allowed into the corral at 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. 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.