Patrick's Day parades to kickoff in Dogtown, downtown

Lester Mason
March 18, 2018

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joined along as Manhattan's Fifth Avenue came alive with the sound of bagpipes, trumpets and lots of green Saturday during the 257th running of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Today's parade is to feature over 2,000 members of marching bands from across the country, floats, and performers, as it makes its way through the city.

The parade itself starts at 11 a.m. and typically lasts for almost six hours, taking an estimated 150,000 marchers on a 1.4 mile route past Central Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trump Tower. Parade organizers tell us it's the largest celebration of Irish culture west of the Mississippi River. A portion of Clark Street will be closed near Ballpark Village. She was only the third woman grand marshal in the celebrated parade's 176-year history. "I ran against three men and I won".

Widely believed to be the day of St. Patrick's death, it's also a very festive day in the United States. There are 13 different age categories for both male and female competitive runners, ranging in age from under14 to 70-plus years.

Two parades in the St. Louis area will be en route today: one in Dogtown and one in downtown St. Louis.

The parade, which began at 11 a.m., typically lasts almost six hours.

Young members of 96.3 Hellgate Roller Derby team skate down Higgins Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2018.

In addition, the Hibernians feel that an earlier starting time could provide a more "family friendly" environment, where parade watchers could focus on enjoying the parade itself, and not be caught up in the "party atmosphere" that surrounded the event at its usual midday start time. "The parade represents not only Irish, but people from all nationalities". Here's how other cities celebrate the luck of the Irish.

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