How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in St. Louis

Information on St. Louis' St. Patrick's Day Parades, Irish Pubs and Irish Shops

Dogtown St. Patrick's Day Parade, St. Louis
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St. Louis is a great place for the Irish, or even for just those wanting to be Irish for a day. What other city can claim to have two widely popular St. Patrick's Day Parades?

Here are all the details on the the parades, plus recommendations on the area's best Irish restaurants, pubs and shops.

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The Downtown Parade

The streets of downtown St. Louis will become a sea of green as thousands of visitors attend the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This family-friendly event features more than 120 marching bands, floats and giant balloons. The parade begins at 1 p.m., at 20th and Market Streets and makes its way east, ending at Broadway and Clark. Before or after the parade, stop by the Irish Village at Ballpark Village for food, shopping and live music.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
20th and Market
1 p.m.

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The Hibernian Parade

Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, crowds flock to the Dogtown neighborhood for the Ancient Order of Hibernians Parade. You won't see giant balloons or floats in this parade, but there are plenty of local Irish families who proudly march to honor their homeland. After the parade, the crowds stick around for a big street party, although it may be less rowdy than in years past. The Hibernians say no outside alcohol will be allowed in the parade area this year.​

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Tamm and Oakland
10:00 a.m.

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Irish Restaurants and Pubs

St. Louis has some of the best Irish restaurants and pubs this side of the Mississippi. You can bet they'll all be packed on St. Patrick's Day, but after the parades, they're a great place to celebrate with your clan.

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Irish Shops

Whether you're looking for a green sweatshirt that screams "Kiss Me I'm Irish" or more traditional (or more subtle) Irish clothes, there are multiple shops in St. Louis that have what you're looking for. They're also great places to shop for gifts, carrying everything from Waterford Crystal to handwoven Irish sweaters.

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