2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend guide - KMOV.com

2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend guide

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

(KMOV) -- The 44th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade gets underway this weekend, and with that comes several different events and festivities around St. Louis.

From events in downtown to Dogtown, there are plenty of things to do for people of all ages.

Here is a list of things going on around town to celebrate the St. Patty's Day holiday:

Friday: Irish Dinner

St. Louis' annual Irish celebration, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Irish Dinner, takes place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in downtown St. Louis. It is a formal evening of dinner and entertainment. After dinner, there is dancing.

Click here for more information on making your reservation.

Saturday: Irish Village

The Irish Village presented by Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark opens at 9 in Kiener Plaza, located at Broadway and Market streets. The Irish-themed area will feature food, drinks and live entertainment. It will be open before, during, and after the parade.

Saturday: 35th Annual Run for the Irish

The 2013 St Patrick's Day Parade Run starts at 9 am. The 5-mile run travels the streets of downtown and midtown St. Louis. It's one of the largest events of its kind in the St. Louis area, with more than 13,000 participants each year.

Register for the race by clicking here.

St. Patrick's Day race route (Click here for a detailed course route)

Starting line: Broadway and Walnut
1 mile - Chouteau Blvd. and Tucker Blvd.
2 mile - Market St. and 18th St.
3 mile - Market and Garrison
4 mile - Olive St. and 20th St.
Finish - 8th St.

Saturday: 44th Annual St. Patrick's Day downtown Parade

Rain or shine, the 44th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will start at 12 p.m. Satuday in downtown St. Louis.  Regularly noted as one of the top in the country, the parade will be comprised of over 120 units and more than 250,000 people are expected to watch.

It will begin at 18th and Market streets, and go east where it'll finish at Broadway and Market. Visit the parade route page for additional route details.

Twitter: @IrishParadeSTL.

(Click here for photos from last year's event)

Sunday: Ancient Order of Hibernians' St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown

Every year, crowds gather along Tamm Avenue for the Ancient Order of Hibernians' parade. This year it begin at 12 p.m. Sunday. While the downtown parade has been around for 44 years, many consider the Dogtown parade to be the real Irish celebration.

Parade route: 

Start at Tamm and Oakland near Forest Park. Then south on Tamm past Seamus McDaniels, then St. James the Greater Catholic Church before ending at Tamm and Manchester.

The parade can be watched from anywhere along Tamm Avenue, but the largest crowds tend to gather at the intersection of Tamm and Clayton.

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