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Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day celebrations are a long-standing tradition in Rolla. This photo was taken during festivities in 1935.

Get your green on and 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.

Painting the streets green is part of the St. Pat's fun 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 104th Annual St. Pat’s Day Parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 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 four renowned bands.

First to take the stage at 1 p.m. will be Terrapin Moon, a Grateful Dead tribute band, followed by Middle Class Rut and Janus.  At 3:30 p.m. the headlining band Chevelle will hit the stage.

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

Written by Aimee Campbell, tourism director, Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

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