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Everything you need to know this St. Patrick's Day

With celebrations in Dogtown, Downtown, Belleville and Cottleville, there will be no shortage of Irish spirit in the St. Louis area.

ST. LOUIS – With celebrations planned on both sides of the river for St. Patrick's Day, it won't be hard to go green this March 17.

With four parades, three runs and plenty of parties, people all around the area will be getting into the spirit Saturday.



Run: 9 a.m.

The celebration begins Saturday with the St. Patrick's Day Parade run at 9 a.m. The five-mile run is the largest locally-organized run in St. Louis. The race will start on Broadway just south of the Hilton and finish at 8th and Market.

Runners will have a new distance this year, a 3K that will be contained in part of the five-mile course. After the race, runners will head to the Runners Village at Ballpark Village.

Parade: 1 p.m.

Then, at 1 p.m., the St. Patrick's Day Parade begins. Floats will roll east on Market from 20th to Broadway, where the route takes a right. The parade ends at Broadway and Clark. The parade is expected to finish up at around 5 p.m.

Food, drinks and live music will be available at Ballpark Village, the location of this year's Irish Village.


The celebration will have an impact on traffic, which starts Friday night.

Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chestnut between 14th and 20th and Clark between 4th and 8th will be closed for three hours to prepare for Saturday.


Market Street will be closed between Compton and Broadway starting at 7:30 a.m.



Parade: 10 a.m.

The celebration in Dogtown starts at 10 a.m. with the 35th Annual parade down Tamm Avenue.

Dogtown Irish Festival: Noon

After the parade, the celebration continues with the Inaugural Dogtown Irish Festival. The event will feature food and drink as well as Irish shirts jewelry and much more. The Merchant Village will be on Clayton Avenue, just east of Tamm. The festival stage, located at the intersection of Clayton and Wise, will have live music by Rusty Nail from 1 to 5 p.m.

No bottles, cans, backpacks or coolers are allowed along the parade route or in the festival area. Families with childcare needs will be admitted by security after a brief search.

The event is held in a residential area, and organizers ask revelers to be respectful of the area.

Anyone with accessibility issues can click here for more information about prime Accessibility Seating and parking as well as other services.


6 a.m.

Starting at 6, there will be no parking along the parade route. The route will be locked down to public traffic starting at 8 a.m.

With the new festival this year, traffic on Tamm will remain closed between Berthold and Nashville until 6 p.m.

For all traffic and safety information, click here.



Run: 9 a.m.

The celebration starts in Belleville with a 5K starting at Union United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. Participants will run and walk through the streets of Belleville and end back at the church.

To register or for more information, click here.

Parade: 11 a.m.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Parade will march down W. Main Street before the block party starts.

Block Party: 1 p.m.

A massive party will be held all along Main Street starting at 1 p.m. Three different bands will be playing until 7 p.m.



Run: 8 a.m.

The fun in Cottleville starts at 8 a.m. with a 7K race and a 2-mile fun run. It starts near the Fire station and loops through Cottleville, finishing at Bemo's for a post-race party. Click here for the full race route, and click here for more information.

Parade: Noon

The Cottleville parade starts at Warren Elementary at Noon. As many as 80 floats will travel down Weis before turning on Central School Drive and finish at Francis Howell.

For parking and shuttle information, click here.


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