This year, St. Louisans aren't just celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Weekend.

The get-your-green-on festivities kick off the day before the actual holiday with the 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis on Sat., March 16. Starting at noon, the family friendly parade of 120 floats, bands and balloons will wend its way from 18th and Market streets to its conclusion at Market and Broadway.

Make your way to Soulard to continue the Irish experience at a perennial favorite, McGurk’s Irish Pub and Gardens. In addition to Guinness, Jameson and a full complement of live Irish bands that will play through the afternoon and evening, McGurk’s offers a hearty Irish menu.

If you’re feeling like you want to be more traditional, go with the corned beef and cabbage. Tender and flavorful, the brisket is accompanied by new potatoes and braised carrots. The side of horseradish adds a dash of pizzazz, and the soda bread just makes you feel good in an Irish comfort sort of way. Speaking of Irish comfort, the warm, meaty Irish stew (served as shepherd's pie or in a sourdough bread bowl) should be on your short list of things to order.

On Sun., March 17, head to Dogtown and claim your spot on Tamm Avenue for the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. If you’ve been, you know that this parade, which has a start time of 12:30pm, is a big party. We suggest that you arrive early – very early, that is – and start your day at Pat’s Bar & Grill, where their annual breakfast begins at 6am. The breakfast plates are a real value – just $5 – and put you in prime parade-watching position. After all, the parade and the fun kicks off at Pat’s, which sits at the corner of Tamm and Oakland. The tents open at 9am.


McGurk’s Irish Pub and Gardens, 1200 Russell Blvd., Soulard, 314.776.8309,


Pat’s Bar & Grill, 6400 Oakland Ave., Dogtown, 314.647.6553,


St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sat., March 16, at noon in Downtown St. Louis, starting at 18th and Market streets,

AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sun., March 17, at 12:30pm in Dogtown, beginning at Oakland and Tamm,

Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.


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