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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown St. Louis

The St. Louis Irish Arts School of Dance, located in Maplewood warmed up the crowd with dance demonstrations, here with their beginners, at the St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Photo by Karen Elshout/Special to the Post-Dispatch)  

For the 50th time, downtown St. Louis will play host to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon on March 16.

Leading this march will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn Jr.; parade committee chair Vincent Via; Irish guest of honor Aidan Davitt, a senator in Ireland; and honorary parade marshal Kevin Short, CEO of Clayton Capital Partners.

The parade will step off at noon from 20th and Market streets; proceed east on Market to Broadway; and south on Broadway to where it will disband at Clark Street.

(Motorists take note: Market will be closed at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to Broadway.)

The parade will feature more than 130 units and 5,000 marchers. In the past, with accommodating weather, more than 350,000 people have attended the parade, organizers said.

Starting at 9 a.m., some inflatable balloons will be filled on the east side of Aloe Plaza, near Union Station.

Also at 9 a.m., the 41st Annual Michelob Ultra St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run will begin. Both a 5-mile and a 3-kilometer run will be featured.

This year’s runs will bring back the "Best Costume Award" competition, which in the past gave the crowd numerous running potatoes and several St. Patricks chasing snakes.

For information, call 314-241-7287 or go to irishparade.org.

The traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown, presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will be held on St. Patrick's feast day, March 17.

The stepping off begins at 11 a.m. at Tamm and Oakland avenues. The following outdoor festival runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information, go to stlhibernians.com.

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