Organizers announce changes to next year’s St. Pat’s celebration

December 24, 2017 by  

In 2018, two major St. Patrick’s Day events are going to fall on the same day in St. Louis, so organizers are already starting work on plans to try and coordinate them.

The two are the parade in the Dogtown neighborhood, and the parade that takes place in the city’s downtown.

The Dogtown event has earned the reputation of being a “party hearty” parade, more suited to adult celebrations than family fun. The Dogtown parade is headed by the local branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Hibernians plan to work with Dogtown United, a non-profit organization, to make the parade more efficient.

The two are planning to create a brand-new event they are calling the Dogtown Irish Festival, which will put an emphasis on the spirit and history of the traditionally Irish Dogtown neighborhood. As part of this, they are going to start the Dogtown parade next year at 10:00 am, instead of 12:30 pm as in the past. They hope the earlier start will encourage more families to attend.

The start time will also be changed for the parade held downtown. City officials are moving that parade back one hour, starting it at 1:00 pm instead of noon. The delay here, plus the earlier start in Dogtown, should give people who want to attend both events the time to do so.

Officials could work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents, informing them when changes are made to popular events like this.