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 celebrations 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.
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.
St. Pat’s Day celebrations in Rolla kick off with the “Best Ever St. Pat’s 5K” on Saturday, March 15 at 8:30am. Registration opens at 7:30am at Alex’s Pizza on 8th Street in Downtown Rolla. Come walk, run, skip or crawl with us, but be sure to wear your green as there will be prizes for the best wearin’ o’ the green along with a few other surprise awards! For our competitive runners, the race will be chip timed and awards will be given for each age division and top overall male and female. The cost to participate is $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Rolla Veterans Memorial Park. Make sure you register online for this event.
Following the 5k run, the 106th Annual St. Pat’s Day Parade will take place in Downtown Rolla on Pine St. at 11:00 a.m.
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. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and a beer garden will be open to those that are age 21 and older.
For more information regarding the St. Pat’s Parade and related events and festivities, please visit the www.VisitRolla.com.
Written by Aimee Campbell from the Rolla Convention and Visitors Bureau.