ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis, signifying parade day in Dogtown.
While another St. Patrick’s parade takes place in downtown days before, the Dogtown parade, organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, is more ethnically Irish.
The Dogtown parade begins at 12:30 at Tamm and Oakland avenues, traveling south past Seamus McDaniel’s restaurant, ending at Tamm and Manchester.
This is not the sort of parade with floats and balloons. Most of what parade-goers will see will be Irish-Americans marching as clans under their family crests.
There’ll be plenty of beer and food booths along the parade route, which is good since you’re not allowed to bring coolers to the neighborhood, nor drink out of glass containers.
The crowd tends to gather around Tamm and Clayton, so if you want a little more elbow room, try going closer to the end of the parade route at Manchester.
On-street parking is tight, but many businesses offer paid parking for anywhere between $10 and $20, and you can also park at the Saint Louis Zoo and walk across the overpass bridge.