St. Patrick's Day Parade

Downtown Washington is going green early this year with a St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday at 11 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine, according to Alex Hodschayan, event coordinator for Downtown Washington Inc., parade sponsor.

“We will have about 15 entries — the same as last year, but with some new participants,” Hodschayan said.

Members of the St. Louis Ambush soccer team and its mascot will participate, as well as Ameren’s Louie the Lightning Bug.

“Relay for Life representatives also will walk in the parade and the Franklin County roller derby team is joining in as well,” said Hodschayan, along with four fire trucks and antique vehicles.

“It should be a lot of fun — not huge, but a nice little parade,” he said. “We’re hoping for a good showing of parade watchers.”

Hodschayan said there is rain in the forecast, but he’s keeping his fingers crossed it will hold off until the afternoon.

This is the second year the parade will be held on a weekend. In the past, the parade has been held during the week on or near the actual holiday.

But Downtown Washington Inc. officials have been working to grow the parade and make it similar to its Holiday Parade of Lights.

Hodschayan said the parade is being held earlier in the month so as not to conflict with the large St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held each year in St. Louis.

The parade route, unchanged from last year, is the same as the Holiday Parade of Lights.

It will begin at the Main and Cedar streets parking lot. The parade will then travel south on Cedar to Fifth Street; east on Fifth to Elm Street; north on Elm to Second Street; east on Second to Jefferson Street; north on Jefferson to Main Street; and then west on Main, ending at the Main and Cedar parking lots.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first started and sponsored by St. Francis Borgia Parish. The downtown group took over the event several years ago at the church’s request.

Post Office Stomp

Downtown Washington Inc. also is sponsoring a Post Office Stomp Saturday night, beginning at 7 p.m. at the city park auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and Butch Wax & The Hollywoods will play at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Snacks may be brought in and food will be available for purchase from Joe’s Deli.

All proceeds will be used toward the downtown post office renovation project.