There are changes to traffic restrictions and parking for this year's Ancient Order of the Hibernians' St. Patrick's Day parade in Dogtown, St. Louis' Irish neighborhood.
Under the plan more residential streets in the immediate parade route area will be blocked to traffic by closing access to the parade area from Hampton on the East and Kraft on the West.
Most of the residential streets in Dogtown will be blocked the morning of the parade with residents with passes will be allowed into the area.
On the South perimeter of the festival area access from Sproule, Gregg, Graham, Tamm, Dale, Mitchell will be closed. On the West perimeter streets running east from Kraft to Mitchell to Berthold and Clayton on the North are closed. Oakland will also be closed to traffic at Hampton and vehicles traveling east at Fairmount. Traffic restrictions on Wells Avenue in Forest Park will remain the same as previous years.
Parking outside the restricted will be on a "first come/first served" basis. Some businesses in the past have set up paid parking lots at a nominal cost. These businesses charge anywhere from $10-$20 to park on their lots. Another option is to park at the St. Louis Zoo South Parking Lot for a fee. There is free parking also in Forest Park, but drivers should be aware that police will ticket vehicles parked illegally.
There are also other parking options in the area. St. James Parish has made arrangements with Forest Park Hospital to rent their surface and garage parking areas and will charging for parking. The North side of Carpenter's Hall will be open to provide access to the Carpenter's parking lot. Parking is also available at St. Louis Marketplace on Manchester, but only in the areas West of K-Mart. All other areas of lot are "no parking areas" and vehicles will be towed.