St. Louis celebrates another saint

March 19, 2014 by  

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, and St. Louis is no exception. The annual parade lived up to its reputation when it was held last Saturday.

The parade comprised more than 120 units, including gigantic balloons in the shape of cartoon characters, floats, bands, and more than 5,000 marchers, as well as a lot of clowns.

The parade started at noon in the city’s downtown, at Market and 18th Streets, and went east to its endpoint at Market and Broadway. The parade welcomed dignitaries from the city, the region, and from Ireland itself, as well as 250,000 people, many wearing green, who came downtown to watch and have fun. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is the biggest event held in the downtown area.

There were plenty of vendors along the parade route, selling food and drinks including hot dogs, bratwursts, burgers, soft drinks, and beer. This year’s parade was the 45th time the city has celebrated this holiday, and people began finding places to watch even before dawn. Long before the sky grew light, spectators had reserved spots by setting up chairs or tents, or roping off areas.

The city could add to the fun by working with a banner printing company to create whimsical and colorful (green of course) flags to hang along the parade route each year.