ST. LOUIS, MO(KTVI) The 43rd annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade was once again a huge success. Robert O’Loughlin was the honorary Parade Marshall. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley joined a Marine color guard in leading the parade.
In the Dogtown neighborhood, the Ancient Order Of Hibernians Parade followed the downtown parade. There were more than 100 floats and bands. Former football Cardinal and Hall of Famer Jackie Smith was the Grand Marshall.
The Dogtown parade is always held on St. Patrick's Day. The downtown parade is usually the Saturday before. But since St. Patrick's Day was on a Saturday this year both parades on the same day.
There was one serious incident at the Dogtown parade. St. Louis police are investigating a near fatal accident where a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at Clayton and Tamm. A witness told FOX 2 he thought the victim was dead; until that victim, a man, crawled out from under the truck.
An ambulance took him to a hospital. Police were questioning the truck driver. There's no word on the victim's condition or whether the driver's been cited.