Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:57

Dogtown vs. Downtown: St. Patrick's Day Parade Edition

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Dogtown vs. Downtown


Every year, there are two parades in St. Louis for St. Patrick's Day: The Downtown weekend parade and the Dogtown day-of parade. The real Irish people in St. Louis don't even recognize the Dowtown parade, so this is a very serious matter. I went to both parades this year so I could compare and contrast. Here is what I found:

Downtown Parade

This is a more run-of-the-mill parade with floats and beads and freebies. But there were some cool things I've never seen before, like an armored St. Louis city war vehicle. People get there early and set up tents, which they then use for their families/friends. I was lucky to be in a tent this year and got to have a delicious array of food, as well a private porta-potty!

This parade is:

- over the weekend

- more family-friendly

- not as packed

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I think there was more green than the dogtown parade:

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Some cute, city-themed floats:

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Great views of the arch:

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Floats by local icons:

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Other awesome floats:

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Dogtown Parade

This parade is the "real" parade, according to the Irish (also the only parade according to the Irish) and is on St. Patrick's Day (which sometimes falls on the weekend). It includes a lot of the Irish clans in St. Louis and their famlies just walking along the parade route. There were also some more exciting things, too, however, like...

more exciting outfits:

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More dogs!

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Better places from which to view the parade (if you own a house on the parade route, that is):

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Not as much green as Downtown:

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Or is it more?

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People who try to catch beads with sticks:

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Irish dancers! (these were in both parades)!

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Men standing in a model of a high school:

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Moolah shriners (also in both parades):

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Cool police cars:

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Way more fire trucks:

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And a green bus!

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...aaannnddd more drunk people!