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Parades, parties, Irish pride: How the St. Louis area is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Looking for ways to celebrate St. Paddy's Day? Here are some of the many festive events taking place in the St. Louis area.

ST. LOUIS — No, you don’t need to get your eyes checked if you’re seeing green. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are kicking off throughout St. Louis.

The week leading up to St. Paddy’s Day, which falls on Friday, March 17 this year, is one filled with parades, parties, pints of Guinness and lots of Irish pride in the St. Louis area.

5 On Your Side created a list of festivities to help you plan how to celebrate.


St. Patrick’s Day Hibernian Parade – Dogtown

  • When: 11 a.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: Begins at Tamm and Oakland avenues and ends at Tamm and Manchester avenues in St. Louis' Dogtown neighborhood.
  • The floats in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Hibernian Parade will feature Irish dancing, music and salutes to Irish history and culture. Following tradition, many members of St. Louis’ Irish American community will be marching as clans under their family crests and banners. 5 On Your Side is a proud sponsor of the event and will stream the parade live on the 5+ app.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – St. Charles

  • When: 4 p.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: Begins at the Lewis and Clark Boathouse parking lot and will travel down Main Street to First Capitol Drive. See the route here.
  • The St. Charles Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is partnering with the City of St. Charles for the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The family-friendly event celebrates Irish heritage and will include floats and marchers.

Other events

St. Patrick's Day at St. James the Greater Catholic Parish

  • When: Thursday and Friday, March 16-17.
  • Where: St. James the Greater Parish, 6401 Wade Ave., St. Louis.
  • St. James the Greater kicks off its St. Patrick’s Day celebration the day before with mass at 4 p.m. honoring St. Patrick. Following the mass, the St. James Parish Center will hold a special ceremony that includes tapping the “first keg” of Guinness and pouring the “first beer” of the holiday celebration. Hear live Irish music from Irish Aires and enjoy the “first serving” of St. James’ famous corned beef and cabbage. On Friday, stop by the parish center when it opens at 8 a.m. for Irish coffee and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for corned beef and cabbage and live entertainment. The St. James Bud Light Tent will open at 9 a.m. with a DJ until 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to the parish.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Armory STL

  • When: Thursday and Friday, March 16-17.
  • Where: Armory STL, 3660 Market St., St. Louis.
  • The Armory opens early at 11 a.m. Thursday for Armory Madness, a pop-a-shot tournament. Play in the tournament or watch college basketball on the biggest screen in St. Louis. Friday at 11 a.m., the fun continues with drink specials, contests and raffle prizes with a portion of proceeds going to the St. Patrick Center.

Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival

  • When: 9 a.m. Friday, March 17
  • Where: St. Louis’ Dogtown neighborhood.
  • The festival highlighting the unique spirit and history of Dogtown will feature food and drinks from numerous vendors. The Party Zone features live music, the Vendor Village will have food and merchandise available for purchase from local businesses, the Family Zone will feature Irish music and vendors throughout the day and the Irish Culture Zone at St. James the Greater will feature traditional food and Irish music.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at City Museum

  • When: Friday through Sunday, March 17-19.
  • Where: City Museum, 750 North 16th St., St. Louis.
  • Stop by the City Museum for a celebration of all things Irish. Adults can sip on green ales and rich stouts throughout the weekend. Friday, the Bog Rattlers will perform live from 5-9 p.m. Irish dancers will take the stage at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. Finally, kids can participate in an old-fashioned gold hunt throughout the museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The events are free with general admission.

Sham-Rock & Roll

  • When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: The Cider Shed at Eckert's Belleville Farm, 951 S. Green Mountain Road, Belleville.
  • Enjoy green bites, like green deviled eggs, spinach artichoke dip, roasted Brussels sprouts and a corned beef and cabbage slider, and specialty cocktail flights at the Cider Shed. Old Salt Duo will also be there performing live music from 6-9:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Party – Ballpark Village

  • When: 6 p.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis.
  • Stop by Ballpark Village after the Dogtown parade for its St. Patrick’s Day Party. Watch the Blues vs. Washington game and enjoy live music from the Dirty Muggs. The event is free, but an all-inclusive drink package for Bally Sports Live!, Budweiser Brew House and Sports & Social can be purchased for $30.

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo – Kirkwood

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood.
  • Kirkwood Parks and Recreation is hosting an adults-only game of St. Patrick’s Day-themed bingo that will include 50/50 drawings, a booze raffle and door prizes. Participants are invited to bring their own food and alcohol. Registration is required. Admission is $10 for Kirkwood residents and $12 for non-residents.

“Leprechaun” at Arkadin Cinema and Bar

  • When: 8 p.m. Friday, March 17.
  • Where: Arkadin Cinema, 5228 Gravois Ave., St. Louis.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and a double feature of horror classics “Leprechaun” and “Leprechaun 2” at Arkadin Cinema. See both films for $13.

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