Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Irish Here Get 3 Chances to Strut Their Stuff

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Irish Here Get 3 Chances to Strut Their Stuff

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It's going to be a wearying-o'-the-green weekend here with not one or two, but three St. Patrick's parades.

To be exact, one night and two days, back to back.

The second annual Laclede's Landing St. Patrick's Parade is going nightside with illuminated floats and nearly 50 other units trundling the Landing's historic cobblestone streets, starting at 7 tonight.

The parade will be preceded by a Balloon Glow at 6 p.m., featuring a half dozen illuminated hot air balloons across the Landing.

On Saturday, Laclede's Landing will play host to the Biggest St. Pat's Street Party from 1 to 7 p.m. It will feature three bands, and KSD-FM and "Y98" (KYKY-FM) personalities on three stages on First and Second streets and outdoor food and beer booths.

The biggest and oldest of the parades, the 27th annual Metropolitan St. Patrick's Day Parade, kicks off at noon Saturday at Broadway and Market Street.

It will field some 140 units and about 5,000 marchers, led by Dermot Gleeson, the attorney general of Ireland, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, honorary parade marshal.

Following the green stripe down Market Street will be elaborate floats, 20 marching bands, giant cartoon balloons, a dozen family clans, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and Irish groups such as the Green Garter Brigade, the Irish Potatoes, the U.S. Irish Zouaves precision marching team from High Ridge and the University of Notre Dame Glee Club.

The glee club also is performing at an Irish cabaret evening program tonight at the Adam's Mark Hotel and at the noon Mass Sunday at the Old Cathedral.

Among the many non-Irish units will be the Moolah Mounted Lancers, the Strassenfest pretzel float and the Glengarry Scots, an all-girls kilted marching band from Springfield, Mo.

Parade chairman John McCarthy Sr. said the parade would proceed west along its mile-long route past Union Station and the reviewing stand there before disbanding between 20th and 23rd streets. …

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