ST. LOUIS – There was plenty of music, marchers and lots and lots of green at the “Traditional” Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the Annual Dogtown Irish Festival on Sunday, in Dogtown, one of St. Louis’ oldest Irish neighborhoods. The big St Pat’s celebration kicked off at 11:00am with the 36th annual parade. Following the parade, the streets of Dogtown will be turned into a sea of green when the Irish Festival begins.
The festival will feature food and drink from numerous vendors, and there will be a Merchant Village on Clayton just east of Tamm with Irish shirts, jewelry, and organizers promise much more. The festival stage, located at Clayton at Wise by the gazebo, will feature live music from Rusty Nail from 1 pm to 5 pm.
The annual parade, sponsored by the St. Louis County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, was created in 1984 to highlight the many contributions of the Irish people to America.
The parade featured over 100 units featuring floats galore highlighting Irish dancing and salutes to Irish history and culture.
The Dogtown Irish Festival is a joint effort of Dogtown United, a group community and businesses leaders, and the Hibernians. The purpose of the festival is to highlight the unique spirit and celebrated history of the Dogtown neighborhood.
Festival organizers said they are very appreciative of the generous support of numerous sponsors that make this event possible and allow for the increased security and improved trash and recycling clean-up.