St. Patrick's Day Parade: Coolers Banned in Effort to Limit Trash, Underage Drinking

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We all know the damage that parades can cause to St. Louis neighborhoods -- and the folks over in Dogtown have one idea to make the St. Patrick's Day Parade this weekend slightly less destructive.

No coolers allowed.

The new rule, parade organizers say, should help cut down on underage drinking and trash (and overturned cars?) Our sister blog Gut Check has the details -- and check out the full announcement from officials below.

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From the parade organizers:

"No Cooler" Rule for 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown

ST. LOUIS--The Dogtown Business Merchants Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, in partnership with the Clayton Tamm Community Association, have adopted a "no cooler" rule for the 2013 St. Patrick's Day celebration in Dogtown on Sunday, March 17, 2013. This was a result of concerns from the neighborhood residents in previous years to cut down on trash and underage drinking.

The cooler ban will be enforced at checkpoints within one block of Tamm Ave on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Parade-goers attempting to enter with coolers, backpacks or boxes of packaged liquor (beer, wine or hard liquor in cardboard containers) will be turned away. The checkpoints will be operated by professional security personnel, including St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers.

Those living within these checkpoints will still be permitted to have coolers. The ban only limits pedestrians entering the area with coolers.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the organizers of the event, the Clayton Tamm Community Association and the Dogtown Business Merchants Association take no responsibility for items left behind.

Business establishments in the neighborhood will close at 8:00 p.m.

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egolterman topcommenter

Coolers are banned to force people to buy from the concession stands.


This is total BS.  If it were about trash they could take the money spent on cooler checkpoints and use it for more sanitation crews.  If it were about underage drinking they could take the money spent on cooler checkpoints and use it for more security at the parade route.  No, this is about greed.  Squeezing as much money out of the folks that show up by making them purchase all of there refreshments and snacks.  Shame on you parade organizers and shame on RFT for not calling them out on this. 

egolterman topcommenter

@joeguido This is very bad marketing on the part of the City-\ to bow to special interests. This is what drives people away and surprises sometimes when they return to theri vehicles. It is pretty clear the City doesnt want senior citizens downtown. It might want them elsewhere, but not Downtown.

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