St. Patrick’s Day 2011 – Dogtown

March 19, 2011

Life on Tamm Avenue is usually quiet and calm, but one day each year the neighborhood turns itself over to the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Schlafly Keg Dude

For many, the event is an excuse for excessive drinking and general silliness, but luckily this year’s attendees turned out to have more diverse motives for participating. One family watching the parade in front of my house came all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate their spring break in Dogtown.

Guitar Players on a Float

With floats representing everything from Police and Firemen to Irish Dancers and Large Irish Families, the parade lasted almost 2 hours.  Beads and Tootsie Rolls were tossed by the hand-full to join empty beer cans on the sidewalks, yards and streets of Clayton-Tamm.

Bead Throwing at the Parade

Meanwhile, entrepreneurs strolled up and down Tamm taking money from the intoxicated. In addition to the more established vendors of Pizza, Cheesesteaks and Gus’ Pretzels, individuals peddling buttons, beads, hats and other swag played their role in the crowd.

Leprechaun Hats –

Police also maintained a very obvious presence, restricting the day’s festivities to good natured fun.

Police in Dogtown

The day turned out to be a lot of fun. If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to come next time. By then maybe we’ll have settled the debate over whether or not the Irish Dancing girls wear wigs.


I still think that a lot of these girls are wearing wigs but I’ve heard people sound really convinced that they all curl their similarly long hair just for the parade. Either way it’s ridiculous.


  1. They are wigs. Although some levels are allowed to curl their hair; most dancers today wear wigs. Also, if you look there are only a couple colors of wig as opposed to the variety of natural hair colors.

  2. When I did Irish dancing I always curled my (long) hair, whether it was was competition, performance, or this parade. I know a few amount of girls that got wigs because their hair was too short, but most people I knew with hair longer than shoulder length always curled their hair. My school pushed for real hair though.

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