St. Patrick's Day Parade
48th Parade Award Recipients

48th Annual Parade • Saturday, March 11, 2017


James M. Shea Award for Overall Excellence:

St. Louis Police Officers Association

Parade Marshal’s Trophy for Excellence:

The Clark Academy of Irish Dance

Honorary Parade Marshal’s Trophy for Excellence:

Missouri Botanical Garden
Band Awards:

Best Band of Parade:

Parkview High School Lassie Drum and Bugle Corps

Best in Class:

1A Southwestern High School Band
2A Warrensburg Marching Tigers
3A Freeburg High School Marching Band – Might Midgets
4A Hazelwood West Marching Wildcats

Auxiliary Unit:

Parkview High School Lassie Drum and Bugle Corps


Brittany Woods Middle School Marching Band
Marching Unit Awards:

Best School of Dance:

O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance/Meghan Torno School of Irish Dance (tie)

Best Adult Marching Unit:

Green Garter Brigade

Best Youth Marching Unit:

Sugar Babies Baton Twirling Corps

Best Historic Marching Unit:

Great River Fife and Drum Corps

Best Novelty Marching Unit:

The World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola

Best Balloon:

Gateway Superfriends – Irish Flag Balloon

Best Irish Cultural Organization:

Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Float Awards:

Best Float in Parade:

Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze/VP Parade (tie)

Best Family Float:

Descendants of Nellie Fogarty

Best Civic/Community Float:

VP Parade

Best Commercial Float:

Ballpark Village

Best Fraternal Organization Float:

St. Louis Fire Department Local 73

Best Irish Cultural Float:

Krewe of the Kilted Shamrocks/Fallon’s Bar and Grill

Best Irish Dance:

St. Louis Irish Arts

Best Novelty Float:

Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze
Motorized Units:

Best Civic/Community Unit:

St. Louis Police Command Van

Best Commercial Unit:

Missouri Botanical Garden

Best Antique Unit:

Gateway Fire Historical Society

Best Classic Unit:

Gateway Camaro Club

Best Fraternal Unit:

St. Louis Fire Department

Best Royalty Unit:

USA National Miss Missouri – Faith Whatley-Blaine

Best Novelty Unit:

Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze

Best Motorized Unit:

Yomo Mini Patrol Moolah Shrine
Animal Units:

Best Canine Unit:

Irish Wolfhounds