What To Do in St. Louis This Week: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

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We hope you’ve sufficiently recovered from Mardi Gras, because St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Saturday, March 17, thousands of St. Louisans will pour into the streets in shades of emerald and lime. Whether you’re planning to start the day with Irish Coffees at 7 a.m., or just to eat some delicious corned beef and cabbage before going to go take a nap, we’ve rounded up a full day of St. Patty’s shenanigans.


Photo courtesy of Amy Reed.

The Parades
Yes, plural: “parades.” These usually take place on different days, but because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, the parades have rearranged their start times so you can make it to more than one. We don’t just boast one of the top Mardi Gras celebrations in the country—our St. Patrick’s Day parade has over 120 floats, marching bands and balloons, not to mention the 5,000+ participants. This year’s theme is St. Louis Irish Heritage, so come show your Irish pride in your favorite “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirt.

The Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will run along Tamm Avenue in Dogtown starting at 10 a.m. The second parade, which winds east through Downtown, will begin at 1 p.m. at the corner of 18th and Market.

The St. Patrick’s Day Run
Start the day strong by getting your blood pumping at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Run. Come to Ballpark Village at 9 a.m. and join the 8,000 runners who will traverse the streets of Downtown and midtown. If the five-mile run seems too daunting, starting this year a three-kilometer option will be offered. Cool down afterward at the Michelob ULTRA Runners’ Village at BPV. Registration is $45.

Big Daddy’s on the Landing, Party and Shuttle
Big Daddy’s on the Landing will be offering a shuttle to each parade on Saturday. The Dogtown shuttle starts running at 8:30 a.m., and cost includes the ride and three drinks. The Downtown shuttle begins at 11 a.m., free of charge. After the parade, head back to the bar for drinks, dancing and socializing on the patio.

What to Eat
Sauce on the Side is back with a specialty calzone just for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s a doozy. The Blarney Zone is stuffed with corned beef, pastrami, white balsamic onions, swiss and smoked gouda, served with horseradish ranch on the side. Get a deal on an Urban Chestnut Black Lager or a shot of Jameson when you order this corned beef and cabbage-inspired creation.

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Photo courtesy of Sauce On The Side.

Bar Hopping at the Outdoor Festival in Dogtown
On a normal day, you might find Tamm Avenue serenely humming with locals popping into Nora’s for a sandwich or Mac’s Local Eats for a juicy cheeseburger. On St. Patrick’s Day, local bars like Pat Connolly Tavern, Felix’s Pizza Pub and Tamm Avenue Bar get in the spirit with drink specials and live music. (Pat’s opens for breakfast and drinks at 6 a.m., if you’re feeling ambitious.) The vibrant outdoor festival runs until 6 p.m.

After the Sun Sets
Festivities continue into the night with music and dancing across the city. Molly’s in Soulard will offer drink specials; two different DJs will be spinning at Atomic Cowboy in the Grove starting at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., with no cover; Budweiser Brew House’s Pot of Gold Party at the Crown Room in Ballpark Village will start at 8 p.m., complete with party favors and deals on drinks.

Live Music
Boogiefoot, a St. Louis band with diverse musical influences including funk, rock, jazz, blues and R&B, will provide the soundtrack to the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Evangeline’s Bistro. Music starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m.

If you’re seeking a tranquil environment away from the St. Patty’s-fueled bedlam, Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana will play two shows at Jazz at the Bistro—one at 7:30 and one at 9:30 p.m.

Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to wear green!

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