It's Ireland on the Mississippi St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Green the Gateway City in March

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A St. Louis visit doesn’t cost a pot of gold for springtime travelers who want to take part in the fun. To learn everything about the region’s St. Patrick’s Day events, visit http://www.explorestlouis.com or call the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission at 1-800-916-0040.

Everyone is Irish in St. Louis this March as special events celebrating the Emerald Isle – including two major parades – are staged throughout the city.
Offering more free attractions than anyplace else in the Midwest, a St. Louis visit doesn’t cost a pot of gold for springtime travelers who want to take part in the fun. To learn everything about the region’s St. Patrick’s Day events, visit [http://www.explorestlouis.com or call the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission at 1-800-916-0040.

St. Patrick’s Day starts early with activities on Sunday, March 10 at the Sheldon Concert Hall
in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district. The talented lads and lasses of St. Louis Irish Art will perform their own Mississippi River dance to lively Irish tunes at 11 a.m. For tickets, visit http://www.thesheldon.org or dial 314-533-9900.

Gaelic Storm will take The Pageant concert nightclub by a musical storm on March 15. The group shot to international fame when they appeared in James Cameron’s movie Titanic as the rowdy Irish band in the ship’s steerage area. Their performances reflect the traditional music of the Emerald Isle, but they add modern sounds and influences from rock, pop and international music. For tickets to the 8 p.m. show, click on http://www.thepageant.com or call 800-745-3000.

If you’re up early on St. Patrick’s Day, you can lace up your running shoes to take part in the five-mile Michelob ULTRA run. The annual event starts on Broadway outside of the Busch Stadium home of the St. Louis Cardinals and ends with a 500-meter downhill sprit to the finish line in front of the historic Old Courthouse.

After the run, the 43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off with elaborate floats, marching bands and larger-than-life helium balloons on Saturday, March 17 in downtown St. Louis. The festivities begin at noon at 18th and Market streets near St. Louis Union Station and end at Broadway and Market streets. Grab a piece of sidewalk anywhere along the route to see the sights and take part in one of the happiest days of the year with several hundred thousand of your closest friends. For more information, visit http://www.irishparade.org or call 314-241-7287.

St. Louis is doubly blessed with Irish parades on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17. The Ancient Order of Hibernians hosts its own traditional parade beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Dogtown neighborhood near St. Louis’ Forest Park. Featuring family clans, marching bands, floats and Irish music and dance, the parade begins and Tamm and Oakland avenues and ends
at Tamm and Manchester. This year’s Grand Marshall is former St. Louis Cardinals football great Jackie Smith. Go to http://www.stlhibernians.com for details.

More Irish-themed fun awaits everyone at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Irish Village on March 17. The village is erected in Kiener Plaza at the heart of downtown St. Louis across from the landmark Old Courthouse at Broadway and Market streets. The entertainment area offers food and beverages, Irish merchandise and live entertainment from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Details can be found at http://www.irishparade.org or by calling 314-241-PATS.

The Laclede’s Landing entertainment district along St. Louis’ Mississippi Riverfront gets in on the act with festivities from 1 p.m. until the semi-wee hours of 11 p.m. The area’s restaurants, nightclubs and bars will offer Irish-themed food and drinks, including favorites such as Irish Stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Outdoor music along the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets will add to the Gaelic atmosphere. Get information at http://www.lacledeslanding.com or
314-241-5875.

You can add to your Irish experience in St. Louis by visiting attractions connected to the Auld Sod, including the Campbell House Museum. Located at 1508 Locust Street in downtown
St. Louis, the Victorian home was the residence of Irish-born fur trader Robert Campbell and his family from 1854 until 1938. Born in County Tyrone in 1804, Campbell amassed a fortune in
St. Louis becoming the richest man in Missouri during his lifetime. His original possessions – including furniture, art, decorative items and clothing -- are still in the home turned time capsule.

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