The Shamrock Parade
March 16, 2019
Information for Visitors
The Shamrock Parade will begin at Noon and the route runs down Highway N from Warren Elementary to Francis Howell Central High School. The roads into town will close for the Shamrock Run and will reopen for a short time before the Shamrock Parade begins. For more information on parking, shuttles, and times please follow the link below.
There will be approximately 85 floats & walking groups. The Shamrock Parade should end shortly after 2pm and the streets will reopen to shuttles and other vehicle traffic. Families with young children may find the portion of Highway N near the high school to be more controlled.
Food/beverage coolers, chairs, and other portable items are welcome. We ask that all of our attendees be respectful of the town, our citizens, and our business community. Please clean up any trash that you generate and do not set popup tents or chairs in walking paths or sidewalks. Law Enforcement will be in the crowds enforcing local ordinances. Please make good decisions and be mindful of the many families that attend our event. Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated and unattended items may be removed.
Parade Float Registration
2019 Float Registration is now closed.
Parade Float Registration will be open between January 1 - February 14, 2019. No early or late entries will be considered. Parade entries are limited. Applications must be submitted with a vehicle count and a total height and length of the entry. Completing an entry form does not guarantee a spot in the parade. Your entry fee is a donation and will be refunded only if your entry is not accepted into the parade. No checks will be cashed until the float selection process is complete on February 16. Please read the following for more information about registration:
A note from our Shamrock Parade Lead,
“2019 marks a new beginning for our community’s parade. You will notice significant changes to the fee structure for parade entries. There are very good reasons for these big changes.
In previous years, this parade has lost revenue in excess of $35,000.
We are driven by the desire to raise money for our charitable mission.
Without significant changes the event will cease to exist.
The safety of the event and the entire day is priority #1. We MUST utilize barricades to help prevent a tragic accident. The barricade cost is negotiated and kept as low as possible, but exceeds $25,000. We also pay for police officers to assist with traffic control and safety. Additional law enforcement costs the event approximately $20,000. This year, we are working to lower that cost through efficiency, but we will not cut corners in regards to everyone’s safety.
For these reasons, we are making the difficult but necessary changes to the parade entry fee structure. We understand the increased entry fees may be hard for many people, but please remember that this money is going to charitable causes. The proceeds of this event will benefit the 501 c-3 charitable organization Cottleville Firefighters Outreach. For information about our mission and programs, please visit www.fireoutreach.com. Thank you for your help and understanding!”
-Skip Stephens, Shamrock Parade Lead
2019 Registration Fees:
Walking Units, Clans, Nonprofits - $250
Commercial - $300
Political Local- $600
Political State/Federal - $1200
Mandatory Meeting for the Parade Participants
Wednesday, March 6th 2019 at 7pm in the SSB Auditorium
St. Charles Community College (Park in the Yellow Lot)
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376
All applicants are REQUIRED to submit a copy of their Proof of Insurance and the driver of the floats Driver's License at the Mandatory Meeting. Any Float Entry that does not turn in the Proof of Insurance and Driver’s License at the meeting will not be given their Parade Packet and will NOT be allowed in the Parade. No late submissions will be accepted.
To Register, please download and complete the application and waiver then mail them both with your entry fee check to:
CFO Shamrock Parade
1385 Motherhead Road
St. Charles, MO 63304
Please make checks payable to: Cottleville Firefighters Outreach (CFO)
Any application turned in without the application, waiver and check will be returned.
Accepted Entries will be notified via email approximately 1 month before the Shamrock Parade.