Sea of green downtown for St. Patrick’s Day run and parade

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-  The “Luck of the Irish” was shining as a gorgeous day dawned Saturday for the annual Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade. The events, always held the Saturday before March 17th, are a huge draw to the city, with  more than 10,000 runners expected for the morning 5 mile race and more than 250,000 spectators expected for the parade down Market Street.

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The parade began at noon and headed east down Market Street. More than 120 units took part, including marching bands, Irish dancers, huge cartoon-character balloons, and lots of clowns.

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Be careful coming into and leaving downtown St. Louis, as there are multiple street and ramp closures.