As St. Louis' Irish and Irish wannabees converge on Dogtown for corned beef & cabbage and green beer today, a big "thank you" is in order to Phil and Billy Tomber for doing a phenomenal job of organizing this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown. (It's also worth noting that the Tomber family - owners of Rio Syrup- are committed downtown business owners as well.)
Now in its 40th year(!) the parade drew a huge crowd and a smashing success. The annual five-mile race before the parade had a record number of entries with nearly 10,000 green-clad runners taking to the streets of downtown.
Here in St. Louis, we're very fortunate to have two great St. Patrick's Day celebrations that complement each other!