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March 17 St. Louis Hibernian Parade An Annual Favorite In Dogtown

Washington University
March 08, 2017
The Hibernian St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at Tamm and Oakland. The parade ends at Tamm and Manchester avenues.

Grand Marshall is the family of the late Judge James Dailey Wahl, a long-time St. Louis Municipal Court judge, and one of the organizers of the parade.

The parade is sponsored by the St. Louis County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Dogtown businesses, including St. James the Greater parish, will be selling food and refreshments throughout the day.

There will once again be traffic restrictions in the Dogtown neighborhood, with limited parking.

One option is to park for a fee at the Saint Louis Zoo South parking lot. There is also free parking in Forest Park, but choose a spot wisely because police will ticket anyone parked illegally. Parking is also available at St. Louis Marketplace on Manchester for a fee, but only in certain areas.

Many other businesses in the area also have paid parking. These businesses charge anywhere from $10-$20 to park on their lots.

As in previous years, there is a "no cooler/backpack" rule for those attending the parade. In the interest of public safety, all glass containers are banned in the parade area.

Immediately following the parade, a portion of Tamm Avenue and numerous side streets will be blocked off for the "Irish Festival," where everyone gathers to continue the St. Patrick's Day celebration. Outside sales of alcohol end at 6 p.m. and all restaurants and shops in Dogtown close at 8 p.m.

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