Eleven years ago, the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach started a new St. Patrick’s Day celebration that would grow to become the largest single-day event in St. Charles County – the Cottleville St. Patricks Day Parade and Run for the Helmet.
However, according to organizers, “the event has struggled to maintain itself in recent years and in order for this event to be sustainable we had to make reasonable changes to its structure.” Many of those changes will go unnoticed by parade spectators and 7K run participants; however, one is very visible – its new name.
Introducing the Cottleville Shamrock Run and Parade.
As in past years, the run and parade will be held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. In this case, March 16.
The 7K Shamrock Run begins in front of Cottleville Fire Station #1, 1385 Motherhead Road and ends behind Bemo’s in Downtown Cottleville. A 2-mile,untimed fun run option starts and ends in the same location. Registration for either run includes a commemorative T-shirt and refreshments at the finish for runners over 21 years of age. Complete details and registration is at shamrockparade.com/run.
The Shamrock Parade will begin at noon and follow a route along Hwy. N from Warren Elementary,141 Weiss Road to Francis Howell Central High, 5199 State Hwy. N. Organizers anticipate that the parade should end shortly after 2 p.m. and the streets into town, which we be closed during the parade, will reopen to shuttles and other vehicle traffic. Families with young children are advised that they may find the portion of Hwy. N near the high school to be more controlled.
Shuttles will run between the St. Charles Community College and downtown Cottleville from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers say that pick-up and drop-off locations near the campus in the Yellow and Blue parking lots and at designated locations within the city will be well marked.
Parking is recommended at St. Charles Community College, approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Cottleville. Paved walking trails are available to take patrons to the parade area.
Accessible parking is available at Francis Howell Central High.
Parking and travel passes for residents living in the affected area will be available at Cottleville City Hall in March. Proof of residency will be required in order to receive passes, which will be limited per household.