Enjoy the Tradition: St. Pat’s in Rolla

Knights march in the annual St. Pat's Parade in Rolla.
Knights march in the annual St. Pat’s Parade in Rolla.

Get your green on! Join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.

St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities. The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs; it’s a celebration like no other.

Engineering fun is part of the tradition in Rolla.
Engineering fun is part of the tradition in Rolla.

The tradition of St. Pat’s Day has been celebrated in Rolla for more than a century. St. Patrick marked his first Rolla celebration in 1908, on what was then the Missouri School of Mines campus. Engineers rallied around St. Patrick and began what is now one of the most noted and oldest St. Pat’s Day celebrations in the nation.

The 105th Annual St. Pat’s Day Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, on Pine Street in downtown Rolla.

The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. Join us at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell, located at the corner of 9th and Oak streets, for a free concert featuring Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! Food and drinks will be available for purchase and, of course, a beer garden will be open to those ages 21 and older.

For more information regarding the St. Pat’s Parade and related events and festivities, please visit the St. Pat’s Board online.

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