ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Part of the St. Patrick's Day parade tradition has always been load up the cooler and stake out your spot on the parade route. But it's "coolers" no more this year at one area parade. Organizers will enforce a “no cooler" rule at the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown. The biggest concerns for parade sponsors and the neighborhood association: the mess and safety.
Jim Mohan with the Ancient Order of Hibernians told FOX 2, “The main purpose is to limit outside alcohol. The last couple of years we’ve had some problems with binge drinking, underage drinking. “
Shannon Lewis a downtown parade goer Saturday said, “We`ve been taking coolers all these years. Why change now. I don`t get it. I get the businesses need to bring in money down there but you`re taking away our fun.”
Coolers were still allowed at the downtown St. Louis parade Saturday.
Kara Sheahan said, “If it means less glass, I don`t know, if it means less glass, less breakage, then it makes it more family friendly, then you`ll have a more family friendly event. “
Though critics say the downtown parade seems very family friendly, coolers and all.
Security workers, including off-duty police, will staff check-points around the Dogtown parade perimeter. Sunday’s Ancient Order of Hibernians parade starts at 12:30pm and runs down Tamm Avenue.. Dogtown restaurants and bars close at 8:00pm.
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